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'Rally for Justice' to be held in wake of officer involved shooting in Blytheville

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A "Rally for Justice" will be held in front of the Blytheville Police Department Saturday afternoon.

Event organizer Tony Hollis says the rally is in response to the handling of an officer involved shooting investigation.

According to BPD, the shooting occurred May 18 just before 6 a.m. while officers were responding to a 911 call about a hostage situation on the 400 block of First St.

The shooting resulted in the death of 30-year-old Terrence Dawson of Blytheville.

The officer involved was placed on paid administrative leave while Arkansas State Police investigates the incident, according to Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson.

Chief Thompson said the officer had been recently reassigned to administrative duties until Blytheville Mayor James Sanders ordered the officer back on paid administrative leave.

Hollis says the purpose of the rally is to provide a forum for citizens to express any concerns about the investigation and about the Blytheville Police Department.

The rally is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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