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North Carolina Police Support Rally Canceled for Fear of Violent Response

December 11, 2014  | 

Organizers of a police support rally in Asheville, N.C., said Wednesday they canceled the event over fears it could turn violent.

Former Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower said he doesn't trust groups planning a counterprotest at the same time Thursday.

"Certainly my intention whenever possible is to challenge with as much enthusiasm as I can to highlight the absurdity of some of these folks," Mumpower told the Citizen-Times.

Area LGBTQ groups said they planned a counterprotest to affirm that black lives matter and to share stories of black transgender and cisgender women who they say are also targeted by police.

"Regardless of whether pro-police rallies happen, we are committed to supporting black, queer, and transgender people who have been and continue to be oppressed by racism and transphobia," said an organizer who goes by the name Lichen LP.

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TheRookie @ 12/11/2014 4:19 PM

LGBT now with a "Q" & GLAAD now jumping into the lake of losers. No shame & nothing shocking there. They've been so oppressed for so long, ha. They've had more rights created out of thin air for them than any group ever has. STSSTFU.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/11/2014 7:32 PM

I am shocked there are more than 5 LGBTQ persons in Ashville. I had no idea.

kevCopAz @ 12/11/2014 8:59 PM

This was a mistaken rally should go on and when the counter protesters start problems then arrest them and show the world who the trouble makers are. Besides how much trouble can a bunch of men in 6" heels start?

plato's playdough @ 12/12/2014 3:51 AM

I am confused.

Should I take this to mean that violent people who can loot and commit arson may exhibit fearlessness in the knowledge that high command will overlook their conduct and seek to placate them?

While PD who are not burning down anything fear a violent response?

Time to get a new T-shirt_ WWRD (what would ROME do.)

AS XXXXX @ 12/12/2014 5:51 PM

What in the world happened to the country I loved. Mr. Obama, you have weakened a nation. I only hope we can recover from the damage you have done. It's going to be a long two years.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/14/2014 2:51 PM

You can be unhappy with your elected Officials but "What are you poor people going to do when you have nobody to hate anymore?" -Adolph Eichmann

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