(AP) – A prosecutor announced Friday that he is dropping a felony charge against dozens of protesters who gathered at the Kentucky Attorney General's home to demand justice in Breonna Taylor's death.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office is heading an investigation into the death of Taylor, who was fatally shot by police conducting a no-knock warrant at her home on March 13.
Among the 87 protesters who gathered at Cameron’s Louisville home on Tuesday was Tamika Mallory, a civil rights leader, Houston rapper Trae tha Truth, Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills, and reality TV stars, Porsha Williams and Yandy Smith.
Louisville police said some of the protesters had threatened to burn down the house if they didn’t get justice, prompting the felony charge of “intimidating a participant in a legal process.”
Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell said in a statement that Louisville police had probable cause for the felony charge, but “in the interest of justice and the promotion of the free exchange of ideas, we will dismiss that charge" for each of the protesters.
Cameron said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that he respected O'Connell's decision to drop the felony charge.
“It certainly was surreal to see folks sitting in my front yard with the express purpose of escalating the situation," Cameron said.
Cameron, a Republican and Kentucky’s first African American state attorney general, said that he still has no timeline for when his office will conclude its investigation of the Taylor case.