In Photos: LGBTQ rally to support victims of ‘police brutality’

Photos by John Penley

Activists from the local LGBTQ community rallied Dec. 11 in Asheville at the Vance Monument to show support for “victims of police brutality.” The event was originally organized as a counter-protest to a “Stop Brutalizing Our Police Rally” that had been planned by conservative activists. However, the rally to support police was cancelled by organizers Carl Mumpower and Chad Nesbitt, who issued a press release citing fear of “potential violence” if the events happened simultaneously in the same area.

The LGBTQ rally went on as planned, attracting about 30 people. There was little police presence and attendees were mostly peaceful and law abiding, although a splinter group of self-described anarchists did momentarily interrupt traffic as they started to march down Patton Avenue.

Photographer John Penley documented the the event:



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4 thoughts on “In Photos: LGBTQ rally to support victims of ‘police brutality’

  1. @ Liz

    Random drivers and passerby were extremely supportive as this march took the street. Go Asheville! <3

  2. The Weave

    there were a few of these people who used F*** the police on their banner. I really dispise the people who hate others.

  3. Jim

    Useful idiots should travel the world and meet someone from ISIS where they can win prizes like beheadings. Stupid spoiled Americans don’t know just how good they got it. Yet they protest like they are living in a hellhole. 19 trillion is debt, which can never be repaid, and the idiots could care less.

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