- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A pair of conservative activists in Asheville is planning a rally to show support for police officers.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (https://avlne.ws/1ufqf0U) that former Buncombe County Republican Party Chairman Chad Nesbitt and former Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower say this week’s rally is designed to counter recent protests in the city.

Mumpower says organizers think there has been a number of what he called “misguided” protests against police in recent weeks. He says it can hurt the morale and effectiveness of police officers.

There have been five protests in Buncombe County since a grand jury in Missouri declined to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teen.

The rally is scheduled at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in front of the Asheville police station.

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

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