Criminal charges against 14 people arrested following the Black Lives Matter protests in Salem have been dismissed. The Salem Police Department arrested 14 people involved in the protests on charges of riot and interfering with a peace officer on May 31 and June 1.
Many of those arrested said they were peacefully protesting and were unable to leave in time after police began enforcing a citywide curfew. The protests marked the first time the city instituted a curfew and used tear gas on residents.
Officials with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office said the cases were dismissed in order to serve the “interests of justice.”