Vancouver drops most police killing protest charges

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The city of Vancouver has dropped criminal charges for most people arrested at protests over the police killing of a Black man. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports hundreds marched through the city from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 to protest Kevin Peterson Jr.’s death. Two Clark County Sheriff’s Office detectives and a deputy shot and killed the 21-year-old man during an attempted drug sting in Hazel Dell. The unrest included some clashes around Vancouver between racial justice protesters and right-wing groups. Eight people arrested faced charges of failure to disperse. Vancouver City Attorney Jonathan Young said the city decided to drop five individuals’ charges because investigations found those five hadn’t endangered others nor damaged property.