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Funeral Services, Street Closures Set For Officer Cassie Johnson’s Funeral

Officer Cassie Johnson Memorial
Eric Douglas
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WVPB
A memorial erected to remember Officer Cassie Johnson, a Charleston, W.Va. Police Officer, killed in the line of duty, Dec. 1, 2020.
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Officer Cassie Johnson

Funeral services for Charleston Police Officer Cassie Johnson will take place Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center according to a statement from the city.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon with services starting at noon.

Family, friends, law enforcement officers and first responders as well as the general public are now welcome to attend. Social distancing measures will be in place and face coverings will be required.

Johnson was shot after responding to a parking complaint on the city’s north side on Dec. 1. She lived several days on life support and she donated her organs upon her death.

The man accused of shooting Johnson, Joshua Phillips, was shot twice in the torso. Police expect him to survive his injuries and the city plans to charge him with first-degree murder.

The services will be broadcast and live-streamed.

The funeral procession will travel from the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center and turn west on Quarrier Street and then north on Pennsylvania Ave. North where it will enter the interstate at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on-ramp.

The procession will then go north on Interstate 77 to the Tupper’s Creek exit (Exit 111). Once off the exit, the procession will go east on Call Road to Route 21 North. The procession will end at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Street closures will begin at 6 a.m. and should reopen by 5 p.m. They will include Quarrier Street at Truslow Street, Clendenin Street at Virginia Street East (northbound), Clendenin Street between Quarrier Street and Lee Street, and the two far-right lanes of Lee Street between the bridge and Clendenin Street. All closed city streets should reopen at approximately 5 p.m.

Updated: December 7, 2020 at 4:50 PM EST
Published news reports now indicate that Officer Cassie Johnson's family is asking that the public be allowed to attend the funeral services. Those entering the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center will have to undergo a temperature check and wear masks. Social distancing will be mandatory.

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