More Than 100 Baltimore Protesters Released
More than 100 Baltimore protesters who were arrested on Monday have been released from custody.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts confirmed that authorities were releasing them “with future prosecution on mind,” according to Buzzfeed News.
A total of 235 protesters were arrested, including 34 juveniles during Monday night’s riots. Those that are still in jail have not been formally charged and have yet to have a bail hearing.
The court system and state’s attorney’s office closed down on Tuesday due to the ongoing unrest. The move left just about all of the demonstrators in Baltimore’s Central Booking and Intake Facility. One court was open on Wednesday.
Katie D’Adamo, a lawyer with the Office of the Public Defender, told Buzzfeed News that the activists have not been able to shower and are being held in tiny cells. The juveniles are in a separate facility across the street.
Some of the protesters got charged in court on Tuesday, but the state’s attorney’s office did not specify how many. But D’Adamo said that none of the protesters got a court hearing until Wednesday morning. So far, about 93 people have been charged.
According to Maryland state law, people who are arrested have to have a court appearance within 24 hours. Mayoral spokesperson Kevin Harris said his office has no say over how the courts handle the cases.
“We defer to the courts. As a result of this, if there are some tweaks that need to be made and we can be helpful, we will work with them to do that.”
D’Adamo is filing a petition on behalf of 50 protesters who were arrested.