Fam­ily claims fu­neral protest was 'il­le­gal'

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July 2 protest.

In 2006, Barnes was con­victed of killing 2-year-old Avery Nicole King out­side the McDon­ald’s restau­rant on U.S. High­way 278, an event which dev­as­tated the King and Ca­sola fam­i­lies. He died on June 24 and the King and Ca­sola fam­i­lies protested out­side of his fu­neral on July 2 at Westview Ceme­tery.

Af­ter a month of unan­swered in­quiries into the protest and the CPD’s ac­tions, Manetta Bar­nesCle­mons, Barne's sis­ter, de­cided she would fi­nally bring the is­sue di­rectly be- fore the city’s leaders.

“We there­fore still stand be­fore you to­day with no re­port, no jus­tice, no ar­rests. A griev­ing fam­ily al­lowed to be ha­rassed, em­bar­rassed, dis­re­spected, vi­o­lated and left with feel­ings of ex­treme men­tal an­guish as of­fi­cers of the law watched and stood guard pro­tect­ing those com­mit­ting crim­i­nal acts against us,” Cle­mons said.

Cle­mons listed 10 vi­o­la­tions of state and lo­cal or­di­nances in her speech, in­clud­ing protest­ing within 500 feet of a fu­neral, us­ing signs that con­veyed fight- ing words, des­e­cra­tion of a grave site and tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence. The last two vi­o­la­tions dealt with protest signs be­ing placed on Barnes’ grave af­ter the fu­neral and the po­lice re­mov­ing and later de­stroy­ing those signs.

She said that both the po­lice depart­ment and district at­tor­ney have said no crimes or laws were bro­ken.

District At­tor­ney Ken Wynne said he re­viewed all of Cle­mons’ ini­tial al­le­ga­tions, and he did in­deed find that no laws had been

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