Prosecutor drops charges for 2 men arrested at Cleveland RNC protest

Protesters demonstrate at Public Square in downtown Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. 
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CLEVELAND (AP) - Charges have been dropped against two men who were previously accused of hitting police officers during a flag-burning protest at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year.

The two men, 24-year-old Dominique Knox and 38-year-old Joseph Scogin had pleaded not guilty to striking officers during a flag-burning protest. reports the defendants' lawyers announced Wednesday that the county prosecutor had dropped charges.

One of the attorneys, Terry Gilbert, says the decision is a victory for free speech.

Lawyers for the protesters say 12 people still face aggravated disorderly conduct and obstruction charges in Cleveland Municipal Court.

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