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Group protests outside Knox Co. home where they believe DA Charme Allen lives

The protest: ‘Arrest The Cops That Killed Anthony Thompson Jr.’ was organized by Black Coffee Justice, a non-profit social justice organization.
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Published: Apr. 25, 2021 at 6:19 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2021 at 6:59 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Multiple agencies responded to a protest Sunday afternoon in a Knox County subdivision.

The protest: ‘Arrest The Cops That Killed Anthony Thompson Jr.’ was organized by Black Coffee Justice, a non-profit social justice organization.

“JOIN US AS WE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ANTHONY THOMPSON JR!!! WE WANT THE COPS ARRESTED CHARGED AND CONVICTED FOR MURDER!!!!” the Facebook event described the demonstration.

The demonstration began at noon Sunday at Mount Zion Baptist Church and by 3 p.m. the group made their way to a cul-de-sac in the Hardin Valley community, where they believed Knoxville District Attorney Charme Allen lived.

“I am told that a group of demonstrators were gathered outside of what they believed to be DA Charme Allen’s residence, but it was not General Allen’s house,” a spokesperson for KPD told WVLT News. The subdivision / neighborhood where protestors were gathered is in the KCSO’s jurisdiction, so it was primarily handled by the Sheriff’s Office with some assistance by the KPD.”

Knoxville District Attorney General Charme Allen last week released body camera footage of the fatal officer-involved Austin-East shooting that left 17-year-old Anthony Thompson Jr. dead and a Knoxville Police Department officer hospitalized with a gunshot wound.

At the news conference Allen said that no charges will be filed against any of the officers involved in the shooting of Anthony Thompson Jr. Officials shared evidence concerning the officer-involved shooting. After reviewing the video evidence, DA Allen said she believes it was reasonable for Officer Clabough to feel his and the other officers’ lives were in danger.

Officers with the Knoxville Police Department responded to a report of someone possibly armed with a gun at Austin-East Magnet High School around 3:15 p.m. Monday April 12, according to the TBI. Upon arrival, officers located the student, identified as Anthony J. Thompson Jr., inside a school restroom. TBI officials said that officers ordered the student out, but he refused to comply.

According to TBI, a struggle ensued between officers and Thompson Jr., during which the student’s gun was fired. This was followed by law enforcement firing twice. TBI officials say, preliminary examinations indicate the bullet that struck the KPD officer was not fired from the student’s handgun.

When questioned about potential unrest in the community following the decision not to charge officers, Allen said, “At some point, we have to stop protesting against each other and work together for the greater good.”

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