- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco area district attorney has dropped charges against 14 protesters who chained themselves to commuter trains a year ago and shut down a West Oakland station.

The protesters, called the Black Friday 14, were reacting to a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, who was black.

Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley charged each protester with a misdemeanor crime. On Friday, she dropped the charges after protesters acknowledged the threat their actions could have caused to public safety.

Protesters also participated in a restorative justice process where they spoke about the circumstances behind the broader Black Lives Matter movement.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit station was closed for two hours on Black Friday 2014.

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