Prosecutors drop cases against thousands arrested during George Floyd protests: report

The majority of cases brought against demonstrators during the George Floyd protests are being dismissed, as prosecutors concluded they were exercises of basic civil rights.

Among the main reasons for the dropped cases is that many arrests were the results of officers trying to keep streets free of commotion rather than specific illegal behavior. Other factors were the coronavirus pandemic and that the serious backlog in case prosecution of more serious offenses, The New York Times reports.

“Every day I would think I was done and the next morning there would be 50 or 100 cases to tally,” said Mary Ellen Heng, a deputy attorney for the city of Minneapolis, where only about 75 of the initial 666 cases are being pursued, according to the Times. “What’s happened in the last few months here is nothing like I have seen in my 23 years when it comes to the volume of cases.”

The average arrest during the protests were for nonviolent misdemeanors committed by someone who lived within the area where the offense occurred, contrary to President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney on Trump election tactics: ‘Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action’ by president New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include writeoffs: report Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: ‘That should be paid for’ MORE’s claims that many of the protesters were out-of-town instigators who committed felonies, The Washington Post reports.

The cases against those charged with more substantial crimes, such as property destruction, will still stand.