Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade State Attorney Drops Curfew Violation Charges Against Protesters

The announcement comes after thousands have taken to the streets of South Florida over the last two weeks, protesting against police brutality.

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Miami-Dade County's State Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday it would not prosecute any protester arrested for violating the countywide curfew.

The announcement came after thousands took to the streets of South Florida over the last two weeks, protesting against police brutality.

In a statement, State Attorney Katherine Rundle said she sees "no value" in prosecuting protesters, and plans to drop all cases against those who've been arrested.

"During the past couple of weeks, people have taken to the streets to advocate for change in mostly peaceful and non-violent protests," Rundle wrote in the statement. "This is their right and I join them in their calls for reforms consistent with our commitment to smart, equal and fair justice."

According to records provided by the State Attorney's Office, between May 31st and June 4th, there have been 79 people charged with curfew violations. Three of those cases have been dropped.

Over the weekend, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a 9 p.m. countywide curfew due to the ongoing demonstrations.

The curfew was pushed back and forth throughout last week, before being lifted this past Monday.

Ariel Alfaro, 23, is among the group of protesters that will not be prosecuted. Video of his encounter with officers has led to a review of the incident at the Miami-Dade Police Department. 

“When I saw they wrote 'illegal assembly' on the report, but 'curfew' online, I knew nothing of this was going to hold up," Alfaro said.  

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