People Staff
March 15, 2005 03:00 PM

A New York judge has cleared Alexander actress Rosario Dawson of criminal charges, after she was arrested last year while filming a movie near the Republican National Convention.

Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson dropped the charges on Tuesday. Following the judgment, Dawson, 25, said, “I’m happy how this all went down,” the Associated Press reports.

The actress was charged last Aug. 29 with disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration after she was arrested near Madison Square Garden, where the 2004 GOP convention was held.

Dawson, director Stephen Marshall and Viaja Grosgalves were shooting scenes for This Revolution when they were caught up in a mass arrest of hundreds of protesters. Police said at the time that Dawson was wearing two handkerchiefs on her face with only her eyes showing and that the group had refused to move when police told them to.

Assistant District Attorney Eric Arnone, in asking the judge to dismiss the charges, said videotapes of the area at the time of the arrests didn’t support police claims.

“Of all the tapes we have reviewed, none of the footage establishes that the defendants were given a command to leave the area, much less that the defendants intentionally disobeyed a command to leave,” Arnone said.

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