Georgia prosecutor to expunge MLK’s 1960 Atlanta arrest

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ATLANTA (AP) – A county prosecutor in Georgia says he will expunge Martin Luther King Jr.’s record for a 1960 trespassing arrest during a sit-in at a whites-only dining room inside an Atlanta department store.

Fulton County Solicitor General Keith Gammage told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he also wants to erase the records of all other civil rights workers arrested while protesting racial segregation in Atlanta. But some civil rights advocates said these civil disobedience arrests are part of history and badges of honor.

Trespassing charges were dropped within days after King was arrested on Oct. 19, 1960 at Rich’s Department Store.