D.C. protesters will be getting an “amnesty” of sorts.
Those who were at the Jan. 6 protest at the Capitol? No. This leniency is for Black Lives Matter protesters.
The office of D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, who is black, announced it will not be prosecuting most of the people who violated Mayor Muriel Bowser’s curfew during Black Lives Matter protests that happened last June, reports DCist.
Racine’s office announced on April 29 that it will send letters to 220 arrestees informing them that their arrest records will be sealed, meaning charges filed against them will not be publicly available.
Bowser’s 7 p.m. curfew last June was imposed after protests were staged in the city after the widely publicized death of George Floyd.
Approximately 80 arrestees will not be eligible to have their records sealed. An individual is not eligible to have their records sealed if they’ve been previously convicted or arrested.
People who want their arrest records sealed can file a motion by themselves or with an attorney and wait at least two years for a judge to rule. OAG can speed up that process, but it wants the city to automatically seal eligible offenses and shorten the waiting period so arrestees don’t have to go through the trouble.
“OAG is also proactively offering to file motions on behalf of eligible individuals and ask a judge to seal their arrest records to help make the process easier for those individuals and reduce hurdles to have their arrest records sealed,” wrote OAG Director of Communications Abbie McDonough in a press release.
Bowser and the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety introduced two pieces of legislation last April that would implement automatic sealing for non-dangerous offenses and shorten the two-year waiting period.