- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Organizers of a police support rally in Asheville have canceled the event because of safety concerns.

Former Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower told the Asheville Citizen-Times (https://avlne.ws/1Go2H0G) he was concerned about groups planning counter-protests at the same time Thursday.

Mumpower had planned a rally to counter recent protests in the city. He said there has been a number of what he called “misguided” protests against police in recent weeks. He said they could hurt the morale and effectiveness of police officers.

Some area groups had planned a counter-protest Thursday to affirm that black lives matter and to share stories of black transgender and others they save have been targeted by police.

Mumpower says protests in Asheville have been peaceful and he didn’t want to risk changing that.

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


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