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Light rail rider asked about immigration status gets charges dropped

He'd been facing three misdemeanors, including for not paying his fare.

The 23-year-old man who was questioned about his immigration status while riding the light rail is no longer facing criminal charges.

Video of a Metro Transit officer confronting Ariel Vences-Lopez last month racked up more than 1.4 million views on Facebook.

He was charged with three misdemeanors over the incident, the ACLU said – fare evasion, obstructing the duties of an officer and providing a false name. But he's not facing them anymore.

A spokesperson for the City of Minneapolis confirmed to GoMN charges against Vences-Lopez have been dropped. The reason was "prosecutorial discretion," the city attorney's office said.

The Star Tribune first reported the news from Vences-Lopez's attorneys.

After the video spread, he was actually taken into custody by federal immigration officials and in line to be deported. But attorneys for Vences-Lopez have been working to stop that from happening.

The officer in the video left his part-time job with Metro Transit, the Pioneer Press reported. He still works for New Hope PD.

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