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Judge throws out assault charges against Arab-American football players
by Niraj Warikoo
After complaints from Arab-American and Muslim leaders, a Dearborn Heights judge threw out assault and battery charges Wednesday that had been filed against four high school football players of Arab descent for on-field activity against an opposing team.
The four teenagers were charged Dec. 30 by Wayne County prosecutors with criminal misdemeanor charges stemming from an Oct. 21 game between their team, International Star Academy in Dearborn Heights, and Lutheran High School in Westland.
According to prosecutors, the four players rushed at the quarterback late in the game and tackled him after both teams and the referee had mutually agreed that the quarterback would kneel with the ball to run out the clock. The quarterback suffered a concussion.
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