Felony charges dropped against protesters accused of topping Confederate statue in Durham, N.C. - Washington Times:
"Felony charges will be dropped against eight protesters accused of dismantling a Confederate statue in North Carolina last summer, Durham District Attorney Roger Echols said Thursday.
The prosecution has decided against pursuing felony rioting charges against the defendants and will drop them in lieu of lesser counts, the district attorney told reporters.
“I only plan to try them on the misdemeanors,” Mr. Echols told The Associated Press. He declined to comment further, AP reported.
The eight defendants appeared before a judge Thursday and scheduled to face trial starting Feb. 19, the report said."