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Fact check: Police did destroy a medic area during protests in Asheville, North Carolina

Added 06-03-20 06:04:03pm EST - “Fact check: Viral social media claims that a medical station was dismantled by Asheville, N.C., police are true.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Fact check: Police did destroy a medic area during protests in Asheville, North Carolina”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

After protests in Asheville, North Carolina, social media posts that show law enforcement busting water bottles went viral. 

The protest marked the third day of demonstrations in Asheville in response to the death of a black man, George Floyd, in the custody of Minneapolis police officers.

Video by the Citizen Times shows Asheville police officers in riot gear and holding shields forming a protective circle around officers stomping and stabbing water bottles. Other officers destroyed medical supplies such as bandages and saline solution.

Sean Miller, a UNC-Asheville student who is head of communication for the medical team, said the 10-12 medics present were all clearly marked as such and did not provoke police in any way.

"A few minutes after 8 o'clock, we saw a SWAT team coming at us," Miller said. "They immediately, when they approached, they said, 'We're Asheville Police Department, and you guys need to leave.' They grabbed us by the shoulders and pushed out of the alleyway where we were trying to provide medical support."

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