No charges for man who drove through Minneapolis Ferguson demonstration

The man who drove through a Minneapolis demonstration showing support for slain Ferguson 18-year-old Michael Brown this November is not facing any charges despite possibly hitting a demonstrator.

Hennepin County prosecutors determined the actions the driver, Jeffrey Rice, took did not reflect actions that constitute a crime.

Demonstrators blocked E. Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue S. on Nov. 25, the day after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Minneapolis police confirmed a car drove through the crowd, and at least one woman was struck.

Statement from Hennepin County Attorney's Office

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office declined to charge Jeffrey Rice in connection with an incident on Nov. 25 when his vehicle possibly hit a demonstrator while driving on Lake Street.

After reviewing all of the facts from the police investigation, prosecutors determined that the actions Mr. Rice took did not reflect intent or actions that constitute a crime that could be charged, specifically under Minnesota Statute 169.09.

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