INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced Monday that he has declined to file charges against non-violent protesters who were arrested on Friday and Saturday in downtown Indianapolis.
The prosecutor's office says the arrests were reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Charges were declined in 41 arrests from Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30.
“We will not file criminal charges against those who came downtown to stand against injustice and make their voices heard through peaceful demonstrations,” Prosecutor Mears said in a release. “For us, the unfortunate choices by a few will not dilute the critical message carried by the majority.”
In regards to allegations of individuals illegally entering businesses and removing items, those arrests resulted in 14 individuals charged with Burglary (a Level 5 Felony).
Allegations of improper conduct or procedural violations by members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department should be directed to the Citizens’ Police Complaint Office.