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City to retry Clyde Bellecourt for arrest at Idle No More event

Prosecutors in Minneapolis, Minnesota, plan to re-try Clyde Bellecourt, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement, in connection with an arrest at an Idle No More event last December.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on a charge of trespassing after a seven-day trial.

"People I talk to can't believe it went this far," Bellecourt told The St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I'm sure this cost thousands of dollars."

Bellecourt did not organize the round dance at a mall in downtown Minneapolis on December 24, 2012. But the 77-year-old was the only one arrested after he allegedly refused to leave the area when told by a police officer.

"Just because this jury couldn't reach a verdict doesn't mean another jury can't," Assistant City Attorney Clair Cole said in court, the Pioneer Press reported.

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Clyde Bellecourt trespass trial ends in mistrial; city says it will retry him (The St. Paul Pioneer Press 9/18)
American Indian activist's trial ends with hung jury (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 9/18)
In Clyde Bellecourt trespass case, 'deadlocked' jury to return Tuesday (The St. Paul Pioneer Press 9/17)

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