• Eugene Puryear

EXCLUSIVE: All Charges Dropped Against Denver Anti-Racist Activists

In a remarkable turn of events, all charges have been dropped against Denver anti-racist activists Lillian House, Joel Northam, Eliza Lucero and Terrance Roberts. In September 2020 they were arrested in a dramatic police raid, jailed, and hit with dozens of false charges, including kidnapping police officers.

What made them the target of local police and state authorities? House, Northam, Lucero and Roberts had played a leading role in organizing a series of mass peaceful demonstrations calling for justice over the 2019 police killing of unarmed 23-year-old Black man Elijah McClain.

If found guilty, they would have been facing up to 48 years in prison - among the highest charges for peaceful political protest in recent history. Earlier this month, a Colorado grand jury indicted the three police officers and two paramedics involved in Elijah McClain’s murder, following two years of protest.