SIGACTS: Defund Asheville Police Department protests.
SITREP: Protestors following the hashtag #DefundAVLPD plan a ‘day of action’ and economic disruption, claiming “tourism and police violence are closely connected”. Asheville is more liberal than the rest of North Carolina and has seen its share of protests over the last few months, as well as a short-lived attempt at creating an autonomous zone similar to the one seen in Seattle. AVLPD has already seen record numbers of resignations and the force is stretched thin.
RECOMM: Avoid downtown Asheville at all costs, this protest is likely to cause severe disruption and targeting of anyone suspected of being a tourist or supporting tourism in the city center.