From the Hearld Times
Monroe County prosecutors filed felony charges Tuesday against the Occupy Bloomington protester who police say injured two officers outside a downtown bar early New Year’s Day morning.
The protester, 36-year-old Joshua Johnson, will appear in court Friday afternoon and faces two charges of resisting law enforcement resulting in bodily injury, both Class D felonies.
Bloomington police requested an additional charge of battery on a police officer. But Bob Miller, chief deputy prosecutor in Monroe County, determined Tuesday that the charge would have been redundant.
“He couldn’t have been sentenced on all of them,” Miller said. “So we just pursued the resisting charges.”
Police claim Johnson deliberately struck, slapped and verbally harassed an officer while he was being arrested over the obstruction of traffic early Sunday morning. A probable-cause affidavit for his arrest states that Johnson then ran and was pursued by two officers.
When they caught him, police said, Johnson “was physically fighting and resisting officers” and “holding his hands tucked under his body in a prone position.”
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