Will the Felony Charges Against Defend Durham Demonstrators Be Dropped? – Weekly

The group, which calls itself Defend Durham, also announced that it is launching its own #8220;commission of inquiry#8221; to investigate what it called obstruction of justice by the General Assembly in passing a 2015 law that protects Confederate monuments; collusion by elected officials to target poor communities and communities of color; and negligent homicide by Sheriff Mike Andrews for multiple deaths in the jail.

Attorney Scott Holmes said Tuesday morning that the Durham County district attorney was dropping felony charges of inciting a riot against a group of activists who toppled a Confederate monument in downtown Durham this summer.

Echols added that he couldn#8217;t comment on or confirm the the accuracy of Holmes#8217;s announcement.

Three people have already seen the charges against them dropped because there was #8220;no visual evidence#8221; that they participated in damaging the statue. Twelve people had been charged with damaging the statue, and another three are facing charges related to a spontaneous rally against an expected KKK appearance on August 18.

#8220;We#8217;ve been asking for that all along, and we think that#8217;s a reasonable decision,#8221; Holmes said.

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