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At Least 68 People Arrested At Protest Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor

During the large protest, crowds marched from South Central Park to the Louisville Metro Police Training Academy, then continued to a racetrack where some initiated a sit-in.

Protesters marched through the streets of south Louisville on their way to Churchill Downs. Aug. 25 | Reuters/Pat McDonogh / Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC
Protesters marched through the streets of south Louisville on their way to Churchill Downs. Aug. 25 | Reuters/Pat McDonogh / Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

At least 68 people were arrested on Tuesday in Louisville, KY during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. 

The "Good Trouble Tuesday" protest was orchestrated by Until Freedom, a national social justice organization that recently took up residency in Louisville to continue to demand justice for Taylor. The Tuesday protest had been expected to be one of the largest since her death in March, CNN reported, with individuals traveling from Florida, Michigan and New York to participate. During the protest, crowds marched from South Central Park to the Louisville Metro Police Training Academy, then continued to the Churchill Downs racetrack where some initiated a sit-in. 

Louisville Metro Police Department interim chief Robert Schroeder told reporters during a press briefing on Tuesday evening that the protests were mostly peaceful but that large groups of demonstrators had "crossed several intersections, creating dangerous situations as traffic continued to try to make its way in the area." Schroeder also said that those who were arrested were charged with obstructing the roadway and disorderly conduct.

Earlier this month, the department announced that all pedestrians, including protesters, must stay on the city’s sidewalks, follow pedestrian traffic laws, and not block intersections for any period of time — a measure that hasn’t deterred demonstrations from continuing.  

Louisville police officers shot and killed Taylor, a 26-year-old licensed EMT, in March after forcing their way inside her home with a no-knock search warrant in a drug investigation. So far, none of the police officers involved have been charged with a crime. 

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) said on Tuesday during a briefing in Frankfort, KY that he understands that many in Louisville are growing weary of the civil unrest but “we still don't have an answer or the facts in the Breonna Taylor case either.”

“And those that are weary, imagine what that family must feel like having to wait this long,” Beshear said.

The governor also called on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to quickly wrap up his investigation into Taylor’s killing, or at least provide an update.

“We at least need an explanation of what steps still need to be done on the process side,” he said.

While protests were ongoing and people were arrested, AG Cameron spoke at the RNC in support of President Trump. Viewers were stunned to see him mention Taylor’s name and say Republicans are committed to justice when no charges have been filed in this case.