Felony costs in opposition to Texans’ Kenny Stills, different protesters dropped

Felony costs in opposition to Houston Texans receiver Kenny Stills and dozens of different protesters who gathered on the Kentucky Legal professional Common’s house to demand justice in Breonna Taylor’s dying earlier this week have been dropped.

Jefferson County Legal professional Mike O’Connell stated in a press release that Louisville police had possible trigger for the felony cost, however “within the curiosity of justice and the promotion of the free alternate of concepts, we’ll dismiss that cost” for every of the protesters.

Stills was among the many 87 protesters who gathered at Legal professional Common Daniel Cameron’s Louisville house on Tuesday. Louisville police had stated a number of the protesters had threatened to burn down the home in the event that they did not get justice, prompting the felony cost of “intimidating a participant in a authorized course of.”

Stills, 28, was booked at 11:36 p.m. native time Tuesday and charged with intimidating a participant within the authorized course of, a felony, in accordance with the Louisville jail’s reserving log. He was launched from jail Wednesday and tweeted concerning the incident later, writing: “‘Good hassle’ with my brothers and sisters- organized by @untilfreedom. Arrested for peacefully protesting. Whereas Breonnas Taylor’s murderers are nonetheless out on the road.”

A longtime vocal supporter of social initiatives in opposition to racial prejudice and police brutality, Stills additionally participated in a march for Taylor final month on the state capitol in Kentucky. Final month, he attended George Floyd’s funeral in Houston and later tweeted that “Sports activities are a distraction from the motion.”

Cameron stated in an interview with The Related Press on Friday that he revered O’Connell’s resolution to drop the felony cost.

“It definitely was surreal to see people sitting in my entrance yard with the categorical goal of escalating the state of affairs,” Cameron stated.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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