Eugene to drop case against 2 'suspicious' blacks

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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 (http://is.gd/MFydPi) 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.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com