Wichita Activists Welcome NCAA With Andrew Finch Billboards

Four billboards around Wichita call for charges to be filed against the officer who shot and killed Andrew Finch on December 28

  • The four billboards were first spotted on Thursday afternoon around the city

  • Wichita activists have called for the arrest of the officer responsible since the shooting occurred

  • City officials refuse to comment on the alleged name of the officer who killed Finch

As thousands of visitors arrived in Wichita, Kansas for the NCAA, a group of local activists welcomed them with billboards around the city related to the December 28 police shooting of 28-year-old Andrew Finch.

Since the shooting, activists in the area have held public demonstrations, created t-shirts, and spoke at every city council meeting demanding charges be brought against the officer who shot and killed Finch.

In three locations, four billboards read “ANDY FINCH IS DEAD. IF YOU BELIEVE IN JUSTICE, IT’S TIME TO FILE CHARGES.” At the bottom of the billboard is the website JusticeForAndy.org. The site is dedicated to facts about the Finch shooting. There are two billboards facing the north and south on Rock Road just north of 13th, one on West Kellogg between Rock Road and Woodlawn, and a fourth at Maple and West Street.

The Daily Haze had multiple sources claim Officer Justin Rapp is allegedly the officer that killed Finch. Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay claims he is not able to publicly confirm Rapp as the shooter due to a legal contract between the department and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Ramsay has also claimed the name is being withheld for the officer’s protection. Since the Finch shooting, Ramsay claims that he has received death threats against him and his family. At this time it is unclear if an investigation into the alleged threats was conducted.

City Manager Robert Layton cannot publicly confirm Rapp as the shooter, claiming the city legal team is preventing him. Mayor Jeff Longwell had remained silent on the situation, until recently when he appeared to push the blame onto Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett.

Mayor Longwell claims that following a high profile police shooting in his city—remind you a police shooting that managed to grab international attention—he has not had a chance to talk to his District Attorney’s office in the three months since the incident occurred.

I would encourage the D.A. to finalize his report as quickly as possible, but I have not had a conversation with him.

Original Story

On Thursday evening, a well-known Internet prank turned deadly after police in Wichita, Kansas responded to a call claiming a man had killed his father and was holding his family hostage.

Police responded to the call, which ended with the shooting death of 28-year-old Andrew Thomas Finch. In a media briefing, Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston stated they believe they were “given some misinformation on the call.” Finch did not murder his father, and there were no hostages at the residence.

During the media briefing, Livingston confirmed that Finch did not fire at officers. When asked if Finch was armed, there was no answer. It was said there will be more information released at Friday’s media briefing at 10:00 am.

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