Santa Rita Jail officials have confirmed that anti-police protesters that were taken into custody during recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations were released from custody without needing to post bail bonds.
The defendants were booked in on their charges but were cited out after the jail completed the intake paperwork. The Alameda County district attorney’s office said they have up to a year to decide whether to prosecute the defendants for their alleged crimes.
A total of 210 people were arrested on Dec. 8 after protestors disrupted traffic on Interstate 80. Representatives from the California Highway Patrol said they will expedite their reports; once those are complete, they will be passed along to the county prosecutor.
The defendants were booked a number of different charges, according to Alameda County Jail officials, including offenses such as resisting arrest, failing to disperse and others. Those who were taken into custody say they are hopeful they will not be formally charged.
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