You may know that a few days ago a protest in Bristol, UK, ended up with people bringing down a statue of Colston, a slaveowner, and dumping the statue in the river.
Regardless of whether you agree with this context of the vandalism, the police have a duty to prosecute, but there is a petition (one of many) circulating that is asking that the police do not spend any time or resources prosecuting the culprits.
It currently has 35,000 signatures, and I was curious if anyone knows whether these things work?
Is there any precedent, or past cases, where the public has come together and successfully prevented a standard prosecution going forward?
Has public pressure ever interfered with justice systems, even in straightforward cases of vandalism, or a robbery, or I don't know...?
I live in the UK, so UK specific cases would be good, but am interested in anywhere really.