August 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The district attorney in Las Vegas says he's dropping conspiracy and graffiti charges against protesters who wrote anti-police messages in washable chalk outside police headquarters and a courthouse.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Wednesday that he found since filing charges Aug. 15 that the four adults and one teenager were told they could stage a protest by writing on the sidewalks.
Wolfson says he'll seek dismissal Friday of the case against Kelly Wayne Patterson, Brian Ballentine, Hailee Jewell, Catalino de la Cruz Dazo Jr. and a 17-year-old whose name wasn't made public.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the district attorney's decision.
Defense attorney Robert Langford credits Wolfson with accepting new information in the case.
He says the protesters may file a malicious prosecution lawsuit against police.
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