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Protestors gather with message for community, solicitor

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SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A group of protesters gathered Wednesday behind the Oconee County Courthouse, which is also the location of the solicitor's office, at the corner of Main Street in Walhalla. 

Protesters chanted "Justice for Zachary!" and "Say no to Chrissy Adams!"

Adams is the 10th Circuit Solicitor that includes Anderson and Oconee counties.

Protesters said they wanted to speak for 19-year-old Zachary Hammond since he no longer can.

"This just don't add up," Jack Logan said.

He's head of the organization Put Down the Guns Young People. He said the Hammond family deserves answers.

"Zachary Hammond is the victim. Lt. Tiller is not the victim in this case and we want him charged with first degree murder," Logan said.

On July 26, Lt. Mark Tiller, a Seneca police officer, shot and killed Hammond behind a Hardee's restaurant in Seneca. Investigators say Hammond drove his car towards Tiller during a drug investigation. Police say Tiller felt threatened and shot and killed Zachary Hammond in self defense. However, Hammond's family says Tiller shot Hammond in the back.

Protesters say Adams should hand over the case because they say she can't be fair in reviewing the Hammond case since she often works with police officers on other cases.

"We are asking her to turn this case over to Alan Wilson, the Attorney General's Office, to move forward in prosecution so this family and the people of Seneca and the 10th Circuit can get a fair trial," Logan said.

The group got support from drivers who blew their horns and from others who stopped to buy a Justice for Zach T-Shirt.

One protester, Kyle Roy, said he also wanted to show his support.

"This could be any teenager, this could be anybody's kid, anybody's grandchild," he said.

After several minutes on the corner, the group walked to the Adams' office with a letter to the solicitor outlining their requests.

"I've spent some time talking to the Hammond family and I think they deserve answers," Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika said.

He's a community activist who also signed the letter.

"I call on all members of this community, I call on clergy, and any members of this community who understands that a 19-year-old did not deserve to lose his life to come forward," he said.
Protesters say other officers should come forward if they know something about the case or witnessed anything that night. They are also asking for dash-cam video or any other video or audio related to the case to be released.

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