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Charges against woman accused of assaulting photojournalist are dismissed

The woman who was charged was misidentified.

The charges against a woman accused of throwing a water bottle at a photojournalist during a protest in August have been dropped because the woman was misidentified. 

Lauren Peterson, 37, of St. Anthony, was charged in September, but on Friday, Oct. 2, the charges were dismissed, court records show

Court documents say Peterson was misidentified as the person involved in the assault on Aug. 24 and is "not the person who committed the offenses." 

"The city filed a dismissal with the court after additional evidence showed that Ms. Peterson was not in Minneapolis at the time this offense took place," the City of Minneapolis told the Star Tribune in a statement on Monday.

The incident involved photojournalist Rebecca Brannon, who was covering a Minneapolis protest in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for Alpha News, a conservative website. 

According to the criminal complaint filed in September, Brannon told police three or more protesters confronted her, demanding she leave. Brannon recorded the incident on her phone, during which items were thrown at her, including a water bottle and a traffic cone. Someone also threw her cell phone into a fountain. 

Images of her alleged assaulter 

Investigators used the video Brannon recorded, a driver's license photo and a Facebook photo to charge Peterson with third-degree riot, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct, the complaint said.

All the charges have been dismissed. 

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