Lynchburg organizers want charges against protesters dropped and militia members charged

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Mirgina Sheffey

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg activists are drafting a list of demands, including short-term results they want to see happen in the wake of recent protests at Fifth & Federal Station.

The list is being drafted by Lynchburg RISE, or “Reaching Inclusivity and System Equality.”

Organizer Mirgina Sheffey says at those protests, armed members of a militia went into the restaurant, some of whom took vantage points on the roof.

Protesters at the scene said they felt threatened.

Lynchburg RISE is demanding that police stop arresting protesters, drop charges against those who were arrested, and bring charges against militia members.

“The community was concerned about the militia being in Lynchburg and why the police did not intervene on behalf of the protesters,” said Sheffey, “so none of the militia members have been arrested, but the protesters were.”

A spokesperson for the Lynchburg Police Department says police will bring charges if they have enough evidence that the militia members broke any laws, but they do not have the authority to drop any existing charges against protesters.

The spokesperson went on to say the department has met with Lynchburg RISE in the past and plan to work with them to make positive changes in the Lynchburg Police Department.

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