Asheville police arrest 8 who refused to leave sit-in


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in Asheville have arrested eight demonstrators who refused to leave a sit-in at the downtown police station to protest the fatal shooting of a black man by an officer nearly three weeks ago.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2ahTvY2) Capt. Stony Gonce said police warned the protesters three times on Friday that they would be charged if they remained on site. Gonce said protesters were told they would be placed in custody, and several left.

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.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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