All criminal charges against four Chattanooga protestors have been dropped after the group agreed to pay a mere $80.85 for the flag that they burned.
Marie Mott and Cameron Dequintez Williams were charged in July 2020 with vandalism and reckless burning after taking a custom flag from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and burning it during a protest in Miller Park.
The pair, along with co-defendants Cedric Josey and Grason Harvey, were also charged with misdemeanors for obstructing a highway and disorderly conduct for blocking an emergency vehicle at the intersection of Main and Market streets. The vehicle was trying to respond to a motorcycle crash with injuries.
The protests were led by Mott after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020. She later tried unsuccessfully to run for City Council.