By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In a surprising move, according to TMZ, the Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell has elected not to charge any of the protesters, who were arrested earlier in the week at Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s residence. In fact, O’Connell dropped charges against 87 individuals, who were arrested on Tuesday.
Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills is no longer facing the most serious charge, the felony. All the individuals were looking at 1-5 years in jail alone for the Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process charge.
It is not clear why O’Connell made this decision.
“After careful review of the law, I am dismissing the felony charge of Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process against the protesters arrested on Attorney General Cameron’s property on July 14, 2020,” O’Connell said. “While we do believe the LMPD had probable cause for the charge, in the interest of justice and the promotion of the free exchange ideas, we will dismiss that charge for each protester arrested this past Tuesday.”
While the 87 individuals are no longer facing the serious charge, they are still facing the misdemeanor charges. They are still charged with Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass.
“We continue to review the misdemeanors and violations for prosecution at a later date,” O’Connell said.
Stills was looking at serious discipline from the NFL had he been convicted of the charges against him. He will likely still face some type of discipline from the league in either the form of a fine or a suspension.
The wide receiver claims that what he and the group were doing was peaceful protesting. But they went to the residence of a public figure, who is investigating the matter, which changed matters and led to the arrests.
Stills and the group in question followed the orders from a group called Until Freedom, which called for the direct action on Tuesday, July 14th. Their website said it was “time to escalate” on that day.
“It has been 116+ days since Breonna Taylor has been murdered by the Louisville Police Department and no one has been held accountable,” their website says. “We must now escalate our actions so that the powers that be know, we will not stop until we get justice for Breonna and her family.”