Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced Monday that he has declined to file charges against 41 “non-violent” protesters who were arrested on Friday and Saturday in downtown Indianapolis.
Mears said the arrests were reviewed on a case-by-case basis. On Friday, 27 people were arrested. Another 29 were arrested Saturday.
“We will not file criminal charges against those who came downtown to stand against injustice and make their voices heard through peaceful demonstrations,” Mears said in a written statement. “For us, the unfortunate choices by a few will not dilute the critical message carried by the majority.”
Separately, allegations of people illegally entering businesses and removing items resulted in 14 individuals charged with burglary, a level 5 felony, Mears said.
A spokesman with the prosecutor’s office said no charges have been filed yet against individuals who broke windows to businesses or damaged property but did not take anything. He said several of those who face burglary charges also face charges related to property damage.
The spokesman said others could face charges for destroying property.