Protesters camp outside Fayetteville Market House, make demands of city, police
Protestors camped out overnight in front of the Market House in Fayetteville with a list of demands for police and the city.Posted — Updated
The group calls themselves "Ville’s Voice." On their Facebook page, they list five demands, including a community center and garden, a citizens review board and an internal affairs department separate from the police department.
Trump supporter Sharman Tober exchanged jabs with the protesters Thursday afternoon, until they invited her over to sit down and have a conversation. They offered her a bottle of water and a chair and they talked about their differences.
"We're not black. We're not white. We're not red. We're not blue, green or whatever. We are human and until we realize we're human people and we have to live together as humans, you can't solve any of these problems," she said.
Mayor Mitch Colvin issued a statement that seems to align with one of the group's requests – that the Orange Street School be turned into a community center.
"There's been investment in other parts of the community. There's been a lack of investment in the minority communities. At the end of the day, that's the conversation that we need to have," he said.
Protester Myah Warren said, "I feel like we need more cities to do this. We need more cities to take a drastic stand to bring about the change that we want to see our in our community."
Warren said they plan to feed the homeless Thursday night.
In the nineteenth century, residents of Fayetteville sold goods at the Market House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and has stood since 1832. It was also the site of trade, including the buying and selling of enslaved people, and of a skirmish during the Civil War.
The group wants funding allocated for the police department redirected to benefit community resources.
WRAL News has reached out to the Fayetteville Police Department for a statement and has not heard back.
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