LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A ‘Solidarity Against Police Brutality’ protest in Lexington blocked Main Street and Martin Luther King Friday night.
This protest in alignment with protests in Louisville and Minneapolis, where Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, respectively, were both killed by police.
The protest started at the courthouse downtown and marched throughout Lexington.
Organizers say the protest Friday night started at 8 p.m. in front of the courthouse downtown. People attending were asked to wear black and a mask.
“We are calling on community to join us in a socially distant, non-violent protest this evening, supporting an end to police brutality through these local demands,” protest organizers said in a release.
Xavier Wharton is an organizer of the protest. She says they are calling for several changes to the police contract because she says it protects officers from punishment.
“The brothers in blue protect each other, and there’s no one to protects us, and so we’re protecting each other,” Wharton says. “We just want things to change. We want the police officers to be held accountable for what they’re doing. And I mean they won’t listen to us any other way. We’re gonna take the streets.”
The detailed explanation of demands is explained in a document you can read here.
UK’s Coach Calipari joins in national conversation about Floyd and Taylor in a tweet.
Like many of you, I’ve been watching what’s been going on the last couple of days and have had some time to think about it and pray about it. All I can tell you is I’m sick.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 30, 2020