New York City prosecutors have been dropping criminal charges against many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last October in a demonstration that helped bring national attention to the movement.

Police hit 686 people with criminal charges after halting the march on the landmark span.

The New York Times reports ( http://nyti.ms/wYUnSX) that so far, 174 of those cases have been dismissed outright. Another 250 people have agreed to conditional dismissals.

A Manhattan judge dismissed 14 cases Friday at the request of prosecutors. Most of the prosecutions were abandoned due to a lack of evidence.

The huge number of arrests brought attention to the marchers, two weeks into their occupation of a New York City park.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com