Some cases against Seattle protesters could be dismissed

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says his lawyers will review the misdemeanor cases referred to his office involving peaceful protesters and that some could be dismissed or referred to a restorative-justice program. The Seattle Times reports Holmes said Wednesday that after weeks of anguished demonstrations over the murder of George Floyd and the killing of other unarmed black men by police, it is plain to him that peaceful protesters should not be prosecuted despite having been arrested during events that have sometimes devolved into violent and destructive confrontations with Seattle police and supporting law enforcement agencies. Thirty-seven misdemeanor cases have been referred to his office for offenses like obstructing police, failure to disperse and resisting arrest.