Charges dropped against Detroit officer accused of shooting journalists with rubber bullets after protest

DETROIT The charges against a former Detroit police officer who, following a protest in May 2020, were accused of shooting journalists with rubber bullets have been dropped.

The incident occurred during a protest against police brutality in downtown Detroit. A judge dismissed the crime charge against Cpl. Daniel Debono, citing a law that gives civil servants immunity if an illegal gathering is declared.

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He has been charged with three firearms crimes. He was charged with shooting three photojournalists with rubber bullets after the protest was paid out. A journalist was injured, officials said.

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Prosecutors argued that the protest had been resolved at the time of the shooting and that journalists had not participated in the protest.

The Wayne County Attorney’s Office will determine whether the case will be appealed.

Debono has since taken a job in Texas.

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