Eugene to drop case against 2 'suspicious' blacks
Thursday, April 5, 2012
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.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com