Asheville police cite activists who protested shooting death


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Asheville police are delivering citations to activists who protested the shooting death of a black man by an officer.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2a9bPNX) 23 people had received citations by Thursday afternoon for a protest on July 21. Protesters rallied and marched throughout downtown that day, then held a sit-in at the police department about the July 2nd shooting death of 35-year-old Jai Williams.

The protest followed outrage over a series of publicized police shootings of black men and attacks on officers that killed five officers in Dallas and three officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A department spokeswoman says police are using surveillance cameras in the building and those worn by officers to identify protesters. At the time of the shooting, Asheville police officers didn’t have body cameras.

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

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