Judge to decide whether or not to reinstate charges against Black Lives Matter protesters
PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland will be back in court Friday as prosecutors try to get the charges in the case reinstated.
Last summer, police arrested 17 protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally in Portland after authorities say they blocked traffic on Commercial Street and pushed against a vehicle as it attempted to drive down the thoroughfare.
They've already been in front of a judge to have the charges reinstated, but that hearing was cut short after one of the protester's lawyers claimed the judge was bias and asked him to recuse himself, which he accepted.
Prior to the recusal, the judge offered all 17 protesters the initial deal they agreed to in order to have charges against them dropped.
That deal was to pay a fine and sit down with police officers to have a conversation about what went wrong during the protest.
All of the protesters denied the deal, claiming they'd already tried it once.
A few months ago, per the district attorney's office, protesters showed up to meet with police officers but the meeting never happened. Both sides blamed one another.
Protesters say people were at the meeting that shouldn't have been, and they were never told they had to be broken into groups.
The DA's office says the protesters knew about the circumstances and if they wanted to make a real change they would have had a conversation with law enforcement to have those charges dropped.
A new judge will listen to testimonies Friday morning and decide where or not their charges will be reinstated.