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Charges Dropped Against Cornel West, Others

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- “We’re like Duke Ellington’s band, everybody’s got a voice in it,” author, professor and activist Cornel West told supporters outside the D.C. Superior Court on Monday. West and 18 others were arrested Sunday afternoon while taking part in a protest of corporate influence in politics, but charges were dropped at their arraignment on Monday.

Upon their release, West and the others were greeted with cheers and the now-familiar chant of “We are the 99 percent!” The Rev. Jesse Jackson walked out with West and offered hugs of support to the crowd.

“It’s important that the press understand that this movement is both leaderless and leader-full,” West told the crowd of protesters and media. “Which is to say, we take very seriously lifting every voice, it’s not just about the one or two or three persons out in front.”

West said the 24-hour incarceration left him with a deeper fortitude to continue fighting justice. The 19 arrested Sunday posed for a group picture and West departed in a black SUV.

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