DA in Vegas to Drop Chalk Protest Case

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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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