Charges dropped against Charlotte protester


CHARLOTTE (AP) — A man who gained notoriety for his shirtless confrontation with police during protests following a fatal police shooting won’t face any charges.

The Charlotte Observer reports the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said the misdemeanor charge that led to the Sept. 25 arrest of 34-year-old Braxton Winston has been dropped.

Winston gained attention during the protests stemming from the Sept. 20 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer. The best-known photo of Winston showed him stripped to the waist with a fist raised as he faced off with police.

Winston said he rejected a deal which would have dismissed the charge against him if he enrolled in and completed a behavior class. But when he appeared in court of Feb. 21, his case was never called.

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