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VPD not phased by Eric Sheppard's latest statement

Brian Childress Brian Childress
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta's Police Chief said Friday that the department was prepared in case Eric Sheppard showed up at Saturday's expected protest at Lowndes High's graduation.

Eric Sheppard released a video and statement this week, in which he made reference to the protest.

As of Friday, Sheppard was accused of bringing a gun onto the VSU campus back in April after igniting controversy when he and other student protesters stepped on an American flag on campus.

He was still in hiding as of Friday. "Well, were we prepared for it," Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress asked, rhetorically. "Look, we were already prepared for Mr. Sheppard to show up. We were prepared for a lot of protesters to show up. So, whether he shows up or not would not have changed our plan."

Protesters were expected to gather outside the main entrance to Lowndes High on Norman Dr. Saturday morning to protest the death of Kendrick Johnson, the Lowndes High student found dead in the school in January 2012.

Johnson would've have graduated in 2015.

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