July 16, 2024

The Metropolis of Denver has dropped costs in opposition to actor and comic Marlon Wayans that stemmed from a baggage dispute in June at Denver’s airport, based on Wayans’ attorneys.

Attorneys for Wayans in a Thursday courtroom submitting had requested for the dismissal of the case, saying Wayans was being unfairly prosecuted. Wayans, who’s Black, and his representatives had alleged Wayans was focused within the dispute due to his race.

In a press release to Scripps Information Denver Friday, Wayans’ attorneys mentioned: “Even with atrocities taking place on the earth, there’s by no means a time to be silent about racism in our neighborhood. Marlon Wayans is responsible of 1 factor — residing whereas Black. The Metropolis Of Denver lastly did what United Airways has been asking — dismiss this case. They’re to be applauded for doing so. Our neighborhood doesn’t want yet one more harmless Black man wrongfully accused and wrongfully convicted. I hope this conjures up everybody to be extra conscious of their very own implicit and express bias.” 

Wayans was cited for disturbing the peace, a municipal violation, in June, police mentioned. 

In line with the courtroom submitting, a United Airways gate agent advised him he couldn’t get on a flight to Kansas Metropolis with three baggage. The gate agent apparently tried to bodily block Wayans from getting on the flight after he consolidated his baggage into two baggage to adapt with airline coverage, the submitting mentioned. He boarded anyway and was later requested to get off the aircraft earlier than it departed.

Whereas Wayans labored to rearrange his baggage, the gate agent stored permitting White passengers with three baggage to board the flight, based on the courtroom submitting, which included nonetheless pictures of surveillance video of White passengers with yellow arrows pointing to every of their baggage. About 140 folks boarded the flight, it mentioned, many with three baggage and outsized baggage which violated the airline’s coverage.

Wayans’ legal professionals say the gate agent racially discriminated in opposition to him and that Denver prosecutors, by persevering with to pursue costs in opposition to him, are perpetuating that discrimination and denying his proper to equal safety below the regulation.

“The Metropolis of Denver’s place is an affront to constitutional and social fairness rules,” Wayans’ legal professionals mentioned.

Metropolis Legal professional Kerry Tipper mentioned her workplace doesn’t touch upon pending instances. United didn’t instantly reply to an electronic mail in search of remark.

In a press release issued by United in June to questions on what occurred to Wayans, the airline mentioned an unnamed buyer “pushed previous” an worker on the jet bridge and tried to board the aircraft.

In line with statements recorded on police physique digital camera and cited within the submitting, the gate agent advised officers that Wayans “shoved” “pushed” or “elbowed” him because the comic boarded the aircraft, which Wayans’ legal professionals say is a lie. They are saying Wayans might have brushed shoulders with the agent as he boarded.

The law enforcement officials who investigated have been uncertain that any crime had been dedicated, based on the submitting, however the gate agent requested that costs be pursued.

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