Lynchburg protestor’s charges will not be pursued

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Mackton Saunders, a Black Lynchburg activist, is now done with an Unlawful Assembly charge stemming from a protest last summer.

He appeared in court for the sixth time on Monday, March 1 to face a judge.

The Lynchburg prosecutor said that since a “witness” the Commonwealth stated they had could not be located, the case was filed nolle prosequi, meaning charges will not be pursued.

Saunders explained, “It kept getting continued. The Commonwealth still said they had some kind of unidentified witness that they kept saying they had, but the witness never showed.”

At the time of his arrest, authorities on the scene claimed they recognized him and said he had an outstanding warrant.

Saunders said he did not know of any warrant, saying, “I felt like they didn’t have any evidence, they didn’t have anything to go on.”

He said he’s left with more questions that answers, and has no regrets about protesting with his community.

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