KETR Local
2:55 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

One of two jailed in Paris protest still in custody


Paris – One of two people arrested during yesterday's protest in Paris remained in jail as of Wednesday morning.

25-year-old Cory Turk was in the Lamar County Jail at last report. Turk, along with 18-year-old Billy Foster were both arrested and charged with disorderly conduct by language Tuesday. Foster was not in custody upon checking with a jail official.

According to Paris Police Lieutenant Danny Huff, no injuries ensued from the protest, which lasted from 10 a.m. to around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

"There weren't any acts of violence," says Huff. "A lot of people have asked about violence because maybe they saw something in the media or heard something in the national news but there were no acts of violence."

Commissioners had established protest zones to prevent the possibility of violent acts and a breach of the peace. For the most part, those zone boundaries were not obeyed, according to Huff.

The protest against the state's handling of a black man's dragging death was the third such protest regarding the case. It is unclear if there will be another.