Eugene to drop case against 2 ‘suspicious’ blacks



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Eugene city prosecutor says an agreement has been reached to dismiss charges against two men who were arrested after one of them entered a bank wearing a hoodie and baggy clothing and the other watched outside.

Bank employees said the men had been acting suspiciously that day in March 2011 and they feared a robbery. The men lived in an apartment across the street.

The Register-Guard reports ( the men are black and the case has drawn comparison to the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

Tyson Salmon-Harris and Joshua Kennedy were arrested after refusing to cooperate with police. Kennedy is charged with interfering with police, Salmon-Harris with resisting arrest.

Prosecutor Dan Barkovic says an agreement reached Thursday calls for the charges to be dismissed in 30 days without pleas.


Information from: The Register-Guard,