On Friday, Capt. Stony Gonce of the Asheville Police Department addressed protesters, who have occupied the lobby of APD’s 100 Court Plaza station since Thursday, July 21. (For more information about the Black Asheville Matters demonstration, view XPress coverage from June 21.) Gonce said protestors must leave the lobby by 2 p.m. on Friday, July 22 or face possible arrest. He also said if they leave the lobby they can discuss another place for the demonstration to continue. APD’s services are being disrupted by the protestors’ presence, Gonce explained.
This is a developing story. For further coverage of the shooting and death of Jerry Williams and resulting rallies and public demonstrations, see “Updated: Community gathers to mourn Jerry Williams, protest police shootings of black men” (Xpress, July 5, 2016) and “Civil rights advocate: APD used excessive force in Williams shooting, failed to render aid” (Xpress, July 6, 2016).
More information on Black Asheville Matters can be found at http://goo.gl/6hda0B or at the “Justice For Jerry Williams” Facebook page. To see the Asheville Police Department’s official statement on the shooting from July 2, 2016, and a follow-up from Chief Hooper, see below. To see allegations disputing the official police statement, as distributed by rally organizers, see below as well.