Omaha Dropping Most Charges From Protests

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Prosecutors in Omaha are dropping misdemeanor charges against scores of people who were arrested for violating a curfew during George Floyd Black Lives Matter protests two weeks ago.

Some 200 protesters were arrested in late May and early June, and Mayor Jean Stothert and City Prosecutor Matt Kuhse say charges against those with no criminal history will be dropped, and bail refunded. Those with a criminal history will get pretrial diversion or a $50 fine.

The decision comes too late for at least six people who have already pleaded guilty or no contest to the charge and were sentenced to 7 days in jail.