Charges dropped in USC house party case for lack of evidence

June 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- Los Angeles prosecutors say they won't pursue charges against six USC students arrested at an off-campus house party who accused police of racial bias.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said Wednesday the misdemeanor counts stemming from the May 4 party would be dropped for lack of evidence and there would be no "reasonable likelihood of conviction," the Los Angeles Times reported.

University of South California students, most of them African-Americans, clashed with police officers called to the house party on a noise complaint. Police said one party-goer threw a bottle and the incident escalated from there. The students maintain no objects were thrown at the officers.

The police department was conducting an internal investigation of the circumstances, the newspaper said.

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