Published On: Tue, Jun 22nd, 2021
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New York City Prosecutors Drop Hundreds of Cases Against Rioters: Report

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New York City prosecutors have dropped hundreds of cases brought against people who were charged for participating in riots that exploded in the wake of George Floyd’s death last year, according to a new report. Despite strong evidence in many cases, such as videos posted to social media, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has dropped 222 of the 485 cases, WNBC reported, citing court records. Seventy-three others involved convictions of lesser crimes, with the defendants avoiding jail time, while 40 cases were dealt with in juvenile court and 128 remain open. Vance’s office did not respond to a request for comment. Major cities across the United States saw skyrocketing crime last year, including a jump in murders. After Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, protests and riots became a near-nightly occurrence in New York City and other metropolitan areas. Rioters started fires, brazenly looted …

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