ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in Asheville are asking protesters who slept in the downtown station to relocate their protest of the fatal shooting of a black man by an officer nearly three weeks ago.
Local media outlets report the group is seeking an apology from Police Chief Tammy Hooper regarding the July 2 shooting death of Jai “Jerry” Williams. The protesters also want the officer who shot him, Sgt. Tyler Radford, to be fired. Radford is white.
Hooper has previously said Williams was carrying an AR-15, and displayed a weapon to Radford. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting.
On Thursday, the protesters placed a Black Lives Matter banner on the building and have been in the foyer of the station since then. Some of them spent the night.