7 arrested during Confederate statue protest appear in court

7 arrested during Confederate statue protest appear in court

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The seven people who were arrested Saturday during protests in favor of removing Confederate statues in Memphis appeared in court Monday.

Five of the protesters faced disorderly conduct charges, while the other two were charged with obstruction of highway/passageway.

Jason Ballenger, who is the attorney for Robert Brown, said the affidavit connected to his client did not support facts for the disorderly conduct charge.

"They charged him with disorderly conduct then alleged that he essentially only acted disorderly," Ballenger said. "The state didn't allege that he did that, and we asked the judge to dismiss it. He agreed with us and the case is now dismissed. It's going to be expunged from his record."

All seven cases were scheduled for the same time in different courtrooms. Ballenger said most are being represented by attorneys pro bono.

"If the Memphis Police Department wants to continue intimidating people for voicing their First Amendment rights, then we're going to continue to fight," Ballenger said.

Six of the protesters' court dates have been set for later this month, and the seventh will be in October.

At last check, Jarrell Williams' court date had not been updated on Shelby County Jail's website.

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