Judge accused of nearly hitting protesters has case tossed

North Carolina

Judge John Tyson (NC Judicial Branch photo)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court judge accused of nearly striking Black Lives Matter protesters in downtown Fayetteville with an SUV has had his case dismissed because prosecutors said they couldn’t find evidence of a crime.

A document issued Friday by Cumberland County District Court said prosecutors found “no credible evidence that a crime was committed” by Court of Appeals Judge John Tyson, who was scheduled to appear in court this month on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Myah Warren gave a magistrate a handwritten and signed statement indicating that, during a Fayetteville Activist Movement demonstration against fatal police shootings on May 7, she and another protester had to jump out of the way of Tyson’s SUV, according to the document.

After a review of video of the event from six different city cameras, Warren and her mother acknowledged that she was standing on a sidewalk and leaning against a fence before, during and after Tyson’s SUV passed them. His SUV never moved toward Warren or any other protester, the document said.

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