Charges Dismissed Against Some Sen. Gardner Protesters

DENVER (CBS4)– A judge has dismissed trespassing charges against five people who were arrested outside Sen. Cory Gardner’s Denver office one week after a group of protesters were arrested at the senator’s office.

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Initially, nine protesters were held on charges including trespassing and interference with a police officer on June 29. The second group was arrested after they protested in solidarity with that group.

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On Tuesday morning, the Denver City Attorney requested that charges against five of the protesters be dismissed. The judge agreed.

The protesters from the group ADAPT, many of whom are disabled, were taken into custody June 29 after three days of protesting inside Gardner’s office.

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“Rather go to jail than to die without Medicaid,” they chanted during hour 60 of the protest.

It was an effort to get Sen. Gardner to vote against his own party’s health care bill on Capitol Hill.

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Since the repeated protests, Gardner has moved offices from downtown Denver to the U.S. Custom House, a federal bankruptcy court at 19th and Stout Street.

Visitors will have to pass through security to enter and face U.S. Marshals if they refuse to leave.

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