Marion County prosecutor: No charges for nonviolent protesters

Nonviolent protesters who were arrested during weekend protests in Indianapolis that turned violent will not be charged, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced in a press release Monday.


Mears said his office declined to file charges against nonviolent protesters who were arrested on Friday and Saturday in downtown Indianapolis. The arrests were reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Charges were declined in 41 arrests from Friday and Saturday.

“We will not file criminal charges against those who came downtown to stand against injustice and make their voices heard through peaceful demonstrations,” Mears stated. “For us, the unfortunate choices by a few will not dilute the critical message carried by the majority.”

Separately, Mears said allegations that individuals illegally entered businesses and removed items resulted in 14 people charged with Level 5 felony burglary.

Mears’ statement said allegations of improper conduct or procedural violations by members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department should be directed to the Citizens’ Police Complaint Office at (317) 327-3440 or [email protected].

Click here to read more about the aftermath of weekend protests in Indianapolis.

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