AURORA PROTEST: Charges against protesters who allegedly barricaded an Aurora PD station have been dropped

AURORA, Colorado (KDVR) – 17th District Attorney Brian Mason dismissed all charges against five people in July 2020 for their role in a protest outside of Police Station 1 of Aurora Police District.

5 charged with multiple charges of allegedly barricading officers at the Aurora Police Station

During this protest, approximately 600 demonstrators surrounded the District 1 station of the Aurora Police Department at 13347 E. Montview Blvd.

At some point the doors of the police station were tied and the first responders could no longer leave. As a result, former District Attorney Dave Young brought charges against five people, ranging from first-degree kidnapping attempts to rioting to attempts to influence an officer and obstruct government operations.

Watch: Protest against charges against 5 defendants who barricaded Aurora PD Station

“After carefully examining these cases, I have decided to dismiss the charges against these five people,” Mason said in a statement. “I have an ethical obligation to only bring charges my office can prove and dismiss charges we cannot prove. My job is to do the right thing. After careful consideration and reflection, I believe it is right to reject these allegations. “

“I believe in the first amendment, the right to peaceful assembly and the right to peaceful protest. I also believe in the rule of law. These should not conflict with each other. Indeed, they should go hand in hand. “

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