NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors have been dropping criminal charges against many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last October in a demonstration that helped bring national attention to the movement.
Police hit 686 people with criminal charges after halting the march on the landmark span.
The New York Times reports ( ) that so far, 174 of those cases have been dismissed outright. Another 250 people have agreed to conditional dismissals.
A Manhattan judge dismissed 14 cases Friday at the request of prosecutors. Most of the prosecutions were abandoned due to a lack of evidence.
The huge number of arrests brought attention to the marchers, two weeks into their occupation of a New York City park.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com