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Protesters gathered in Sedalia demanding answers


More than a dozen protesters gathered Thursday in Sedalia to demand answers in the death of Hannah Fizer.

Fizer, 25, was shot and killed by a Pettis County sheriff's deputy Saturday. Fizer threatened to shoot the deputy during a traffic stop, according to the deputy's account. Investigators found no gun in her car.

Sheriff Kevin Bond was at the protest to show his support for Fizer.

“I don't want to be taking center stage here for this," Bond said. "Because this is about Hannah and we need to be able to come together as a community and we need to begin the process of healing."

The main chant that was circling throughout Thursday's protest was "what is his name" meaning the name of the deputy who shot and killed Fizer.

As of Thursday the Sheriff's Office has not released the name of the deputy but Bond said that person is on administrative leave.

Roger Billingsley a protester said he has lived in Sedalia for most of his life and that it's far in between for something like this to happen in the community. 

Skiler Holbert, another protester, said as a friend of Fizer's this protest was held to let law enforcement know the community wants answers.

"We deserve answers, Holbert said. "Our family deserves answers that will bring Hannah back, of course but at least let us know.”

Bond said in an open letter Thursday that some members of the community are taking advantage of the situation following the death of Fizer.

Bond said a deputy not involved in Fizer's death has been singled out in social media posts and targeted for "harassment, stalking, and has been threatened with serious assault."

Watch part of the protest in the player below.

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Amber Tabeling

Amber joined the ABC 17 News team as a multimedia journalist in December 2019. She was a student-athlete at Parkland College and Missouri Valley College. She hails from a small town in Illinois.


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