Rally held for man killed by police in Asheville, NC. July 6, 2016.
Friends, supporters and family of 35 years old Jai Williams (known as “Jerry” to family and friends), who was gunned down on Saturday, July 2 at Deaverview Apartments in Asheville, gathered at the downtown Asheville Police Department on Wednesday, July 6. The demonstrators demanded answers as to what actually occurred in the confrontation between Williams and the Asheville police on the night of the shooting. Although little local media coverage was to be found, family and friends were interviewed by Channel 7 News from Spartanburg, SC.
The protest was peaceful but passionate. Chanting “No justice, no peace”, the demonstration made its way though the streets of downtown before stopping in front of the Asheville Police Department. As the rally neared its end, in a display of passive resistance, protest signs that were carried through the streets by the demonstrators were laid out in front of the Asheville Police Department as a reminder that all lives are entitled to equal acknowledgement and respect.
The police officer involved in the altercation is currently on administrative leave. The State Bureau of Investigations has been called in to investigate the case.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to collect funds that will be exclusively used to cover any legal fees, counseling services, and other ancillary expenses related to seeking justice for Jai Williams.
Further updates regarding the incident have been released by the family that contradicts the official police reports. More information can be found via this link.