- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Black Lives Matter protesters in Maine who police had said obstructed a public way are no longer facing criminal charges.

WGME-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2h3G8hm) that the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office has six months to refile the charges but let the deadline pass.

The group organized a protest last summer after black men were killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. Seventeen protesters were charged with obstructing a public way.

The protesters had been required to donate $140 to a victim’s compensation fund and pay $60 for a restorative justice program.

A judge in January had agreed to an agreement saying that the misdemeanor charges will disappear if the protesters stay out of trouble for the next six months.

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