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Prosecutors drop charges against prominent overnight protester

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CHICAGO -- Prosecutors have dropped charges against a well-known protester who demonstrated overnight following the release of a video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Police said they arrested five protesters during overnight demonstrations sparked by the video. The five people were charged with offenses including assaulting a police officer, weapons possession and resisting arrest.

One of those arrested was 38-year-old Dean M. Vanriper of Murrieta, California. Police say he had a stun gun and a knife.

A 22-year-old Chicago man, Malcolm London, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a police officer. Police initially said he struck an officer during a protest Tuesday night in downtown Chicago. Witnesses disputed the account. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.

London is a leader within the black youth project.

The officer was treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening and released.

London and Vanriper were scheduled to appear in bond court later Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether either man already had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Police say protests were largely peaceful and there was no damage to private property.