Twenty-four men and women who were arrested Friday as part of a protest in Boston caught a break today.

The group was charged with trespassing when they entered the Bank of America on Federal Street during the Right to the City rally.

However, during a court hearing today, prosecutors from the Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley's office decided to drop the criminal charges against the group, officials said. Instead, prosecutors recommended the court treat the cases as civil infractions.

“The Commonwealth makes this recommendation based on the peaceful nature of the protest and the non-confrontational manner of their interactions with police,” Assistant District Attorney Susan Terrey said.


Six of the protesters were assessed $50 fines because they had prior arrests for similar offenses.

The protesters ranged in age from 19 to 68 and all are from Boston except for four who live in Brookline, Chelsea, Medford, and Newton.

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