LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A grand jury has decided charges will not go forward in the case against four young men who were accused of carrying out violent attacks in downtown Louisville in March.
Judge McKay Chauvin read the grand jury's decision of no true bill, meaning there was not enough evidence to proceed with a case, Tuesday afternoon.
Craig Dean, 20, Shaquazz Allen, 18, Jerron Bush, 21, and Tyrone Booker Jr., 19, were accused of robbing a woman at a bus stop. Booker and Allen also were accused of beating a woman during a wave of mob violence that began at Waterfront Park on the night of March 22.
Family members and supporters maintained the men were wrongly identified, saying they were all elsewhere when the woman was robbed.
The young men and their families were emotional outside the courtroom on Tuesday after being cleared of the charges.
"God was with us," said Bush. "We had so much support around us and if you look at the story it didn't even sound like it made sense."
"I didn't think March 22 was going to last this long," said Dean. "It lasted for months. Especially for us to be accused of something we didn't do. You don't think that will ever happen. We didn't think that exists."
"We will recover but, we aren't going to forget," said Booker. "It's a lesson learned to what's really going on the streets and how the streets really is."
"I'm just glad we all got through it," said Allen.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Leland Hulbert, presented the case to the grand jury, saying police did their job that night and officers had positive identification from witnesses. But, once evidence started to come in including cell phone records, Hulbert says there were holes in the case.
"The more evidence that came in, the more we realized as a prosecution, it would be hard to prove these cases beyond a reasonable doubt," said Hulbert.
The teens claim they were victims of racial profiling and shoddy police work. Their trust they say now gone.
WAVE 3 News down with LMPD Chief Steve Conrad who says he hopes the young men can move forward. The case still remains open.
"Particularly with the incident downtown, the woman her fiance say 30 young people were there so, there were two that were actually involved in the assault," said Conrad. "There has got to be 28 people or so that know something. We need their help."
With increased police presence and new cameras in the area, the Conrad says they hope to prevent any more downtown violence.
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