Protesters Leave Casket Full of Dirt Outside North Carolina Police Department

Protesters in Asheville, North Carolina, left a casket full of dirt and manure at the doors of their local police department on Wednesday night.

The incident was reported by the police through a Twitter feed that also recorded a protest that went throughout the night.

Some 10 minutes before posting the picture of the dirt-filled casket, the police said that approximately 150 protesters had gathered outside the municipal building, where the Asheville Police Department and the Ashville Fire Department are located, in downtown Asheville.

The police then directed itself to a crux of protesters in the city, who were shouting “Shut it down” and “Black lives matter” as they blocked an intersection.

The Asheville Police Department issued a number of warnings for the protesters to disperse from the intersection and the nearby park.

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According to the department, approximately 300 demonstrators participated in the protests, which happened in conjunction with others around the country following the decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to the death of Breonna Taylor.

There was one protester left severely injured outside of a tavern in Asheville, who was transported to a hospital, and two individuals aged 22 and 26 were arrested for failure to disperse on command, the police department told Newsweek.

Protests erupted on Wednesday as soon as the indictment for Brett Hankison, one of the three officers involved in the raid of Taylor’s home, was announced. He was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the raid in March.

These charges relate to the shooting into other apartments during the raid and carry a penalty of up to five years in prison. There were no charges for any of the officers directly pertaining to the killing of the former EMT worker.

Amid the protests following the announcement of the indictment in Louisville, Kentucky, where Taylor was killed, two officers were shot.

In Portland, where protests have been going for more than 100 days since the killing of George Floyd in police custody in May, hundreds of people gathered in the rain for a rally.

Fires were started on the wood paneling that was placed around the Portland Police Bureau and protesters also threw objects at the building. As police moved in on the protesters, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at one group of officers.

Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles were just some of the other cities that had demonstrations on Wednesday evening.

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Protesters shut down streets during a march in support of justice for Breonna Taylor on September 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Across the country, protesters have taken to the streets after the grand jury’s decision to only charge one Louisville Metro Police officer in the raid in which Taylor was killed. In North Carolina, protesters left a casket with dirt in front of a local police department.
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