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Remaining ‘Tally 19’ protesters to stand trial

FILE PHOTO: Law enforcement officers arrest protesters marching to the Capitol Saturday. The...
FILE PHOTO: Law enforcement officers arrest protesters marching to the Capitol Saturday. The march remained peaceful, but police said it was "unpermitted" and blocking the flow of traffic. (Sept. 5, 2020)(WCTV)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 12:15 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The remaining “Tally 19” protesters arrested in front of the Florida Capitol in Sept. 2020 are planning to go to trial once courts fully reopen.

A handful of activists, including Regina Joseph and Patricia Brown, are still facing resisting arrest charges in connection with a protest on Sept. 5, 2020.

Defense attorney Mutaqee Akbar told a judge Wednesday that the eight protestors are anxious to set a trial date.

“All of the remaining #Tally19 maintain their innocence and are looking forward to their day in court,” Akbar told WCTV after the court hearing.

More than a dozen people were arrested on Sept. 5 in a clash with police as they protested a grand jury decision to clear officers in three deadly police shootings.

Several of those arrested have already opted to sign diversion deals to avoid having a criminal record.

Leon County Judge Augustus Aikens set a new hearing date for April 28.

The court will have to re-evaluate then whether COVID-19 conditions will have improved enough to schedule a trial involving so many people.

There is one protestor facing felony charges of battery on a law enforcement officer. Right now, Benjamin Grant is scheduled to stand trial separately on March 1.

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