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Cases dismissed for 9 pro-Palestinian demonstrators charged with trespassing at the U

The Minneapolis City Attorney's Office has dismissed cases against nine pro-Palestinian demonstrators who were arrested at a University of Minnesota campus encampment and charged with trespassing on U grounds last month.

The dropping of the misdemeanor trespassing charges Friday came one day after protesters packed up their tents. Organizers reached a deal that included their promise to not interrupt final exams or graduation ceremonies at the Twin Cities campus while talks continue about the demonstrators' demands and leniency for those who were arrested on April 24.

"Prosecutorial discretion" was the only reason cited by the City Attorney's Office for the dismissals, and city spokeswoman Greta Bergstrom declined to elaborate.


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