Charges against Gold Star father for disrupting State of the Union speech dropped

Charges have been dropped against Steve Nikoui, a Gold Star father who was charged earlier this month for disrupting President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech.

Nikoui is the father of Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, one of the 13 U.S. service members killed during the American withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 26, 2021. Nikoui was attending Biden’s annual State of the Union speech due to an invitation from Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and was arrested on charges of violating the D.C. code after continuing to yell at the president despite officers warning him to stop.

Since then, Washington, D.C., Attorney General Brian Schwalb has decided not to further prosecute Nikoui, with the decision supported by the office of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), according to Fox News.

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