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Charges dropped after officer says wrong person was arrested

Posted at 5:45 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 20:45:02-04

PHOENIX (AP) - All charges have been dropped against a public defender after a Phoenix police officer testified that he arrested that wrong person during an immigration protest.

The Arizona Republic reports Jamaar Williams was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault on two police officers, unlawful assembly and blocking a thoroughfare during a mid-July protest of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement roundups in Phoenix.

Officer Francisco Barrios wrote in his police report that Williams hit an officer before disappearing into the crowd.

Barrios told the Maricopa County court Thursday that he never saw the 34-year-old attorney commit those actions.

Barrios said another police officer and a police sergeant told him to arrest Williams.

He said the sergeant did not tell him why Williams should be arrested.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,