Charges dropped on ABQ protester, for now

A UNM professor speaking at ABQ city council meeting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Prosecutors say they won’t pursue a battery charge against an Albuquerque protester – for now.

Court records on Wednesday showed that prosecutors have notified authorities the charge against David Correia was dropped but could be brought back later.

Correia, an American Studies professor at the University of New Mexico, was arrested in June along with 12 others during a sit-in at the mayor’s office. The demonstrators were protesting recent Albuquerque police shootings.

Authorities said Correia shoved an officer who was trying to prevent a crowd from entering Mayor Richard Berry’s office.

Correia says the move means authorities did not have enough evidence to prosecute him because he did nothing wrong.

He added that he will continue to participate in peaceful protests around the city aimed at bring attention to police shootings.

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