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Charlie H. Fisher III, a Buffalo civil-rights activist, church elder and the county government's contract coordinator for minorities and women, was found innocent of all criminal charges Thursday for what he said will be his continuing racism campaign against a downtown pawnshop.

Following back-to-back non-jury trials on charges Fisher violated two Aug. 4 court orders to stay away from Empire II Pawnbrokers and blocked traffic outside the store at 1570 Main St. on July 12, City Judge Patrick M. Carney found him innocent of criminal contempt and disorderly conduct.

Fisher said he is fighting what he described as the alleged "injustice" of eight African-Americans who have recently been mistreated in the store and "the protests will continue in an orderly, legal and law-abiding fashion."

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