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Register reporter acquitted after trial on charges from George Floyd protest


Des Moines Register: Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri was acquitted today in a trial stemming from her arrest while covering the George Floyd protests in May 2020. Sahouri was charged with failure to disperse and interference with official acts, both simple misdemeanors. Police said she remained in the area of the Merle Hay Road and Douglas Avenue intersection despite orders to leave, and tried to pull away when a Des Moines police officer pepper-sprayed her and tried to arrest her. After a three-day trial, the six-member jury returned a verdict of not guilty on both charges. Sahouri’s then-boyfriend, Spenser Robnett, was arrested with her and faced the same charges, and he also was acquitted on both counts.

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