The Louisville Metro Police Department arrested 76 protesters on Tuesday during a protest calling for the justice of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who was shot and killed in her apartment by LMPD officers during a no-knock warrant narcotics investigation on March 13.
Protesters began their demonstration on Tuesday evening near Louisville’s Ballard High School and marched to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s lawn. While the demonstration was mostly peaceful, police said shortly after 5 p.m. they had to begin making arrest after telling the protesters that they were unlawfully blocking the street when they set up barrels and other obstacles on Market Street at South Clay Street to block off an area for their road demonstration. Some protesters were reported throwing bottles at police officers.
LMPD said in their statement, “Due to their refusal to leave the property and their attempts to influence the decision of the Attorney General with their actions, each person was charged with Intimidating a Participant in a Legal Process (Class D felony), Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree (Class B misdemeanor), and Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree. (Violation).”
Attorney General Daniel Cameron was asked to conduct an investigation in the shooting of Breonna Taylor to determine if the charges should be filed against those police officers involved. None of the officers involved in the shooting have been arrested or charged, though one of the detectives was fired in connection to the case.The FBI and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office are still investigating.
Those who are gathering in Louisville today to protest, we understand the desire for truth & ask that to be the focus of demonstrations, not violence. We continue to work diligently in pursuit of the truth by conducting an independent investigation into the death of Ms. Taylor.
— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) July 25, 2020