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Photos: Demonstrators take to the streets of Lovingston to demand justice for 15-year-old Ti'lor Harper
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Photos: Demonstrators take to the streets of Lovingston to demand justice for 15-year-old Ti'lor Harper

A group of about 50 demonstrators gathered out front of the Nelson County Courthouse at noon on Saturday to demand justice for 15-year-old Ti'lor Harper. 

According to Ti'lor's mother, Amber Harper, and a 58-second video that circulated on social media, Ti'lor has two chipped teeth and other minor injuries resulting from Nelson County sheriff's deputies working to handcuff the boy who was checking on his cousin who was involved in a fight.  

The march was arranged by a figure who chooses to go by the name Jolly and is better known on social media platforms as @jolly_good_ginger. Jolly is a Black Lives Matter Activist based out of Garrisonville, Va. who travels around the state to help families like the Harpers demand justice for loved ones.  

The group was met by a small group of counter-protestors who first watched from the balcony of a nearby home before following the demonstrators as they marched. The counter-protestors put up multiple yard signs throughout downtown Lovingston that read "we support Nelson County sheriff department".

Ti'lor remains in a detention facility out of concern for his own safety and to keep him out of trouble, according to Harper. 

The footage from security cameras inside the school is slated to be released on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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Kendall Warner is a photojournalist raised in Northern Virginia and has been with The News & Advance since July 2020. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in photojournalism and minor in political science.

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