Judge delays decision on Black Lives Matter protesters
PORTLAND (WGME) – There were demonstrations outside and inside court, as Black Lives Matter protesters face a judge, again.
The 17 protestors were back in court to determine if charges will be re-filed in the case.
The judge said that he was going to spend the weekend going over evidence presented Friday. Testimony was centered on why the agreed meeting between protestors and police was called off at the last moment in February.
Charges were initially dismissed after the protestors were offered a deal, paying a fine and meeting with police to talk about their differences.
The Black Lives Matter protestors agreed to the terms, but voiced concerned about the District Attorney's Office being in attendance for that meeting.
They also said they didn't want to be split up into two groups during the meeting, which the prosecution says was stated in the contract.
They argue that since the meeting didn't happen, the criminal and civil charges should come back.
The prosecution says it was outlined in the contract that the District Attorney's Office would determine how the meeting would be run, but the defense said the fact that this discussion took all day points to the fact that the contract wasn't clear enough.
It’s unclear when the judge will decide whether or not to re-instate the charges, but he said that he plans on having his decision ready early next week.