Lexington Police officers join protesters during march downtown

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police officers joined protesters during a march through the streets of downtown Lexington on Monday night.

The demonstration is over the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville at the hands of law enforcement officers.  Marchers also spoke out against racial injustice in America and police brutality.

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This is the fourth night in a row protesters have marched through downtown, chanting, carrying signs and demanding change.

Sunday night, thousands followed very clear organizers marching once in a loop downtown. Monday, without a clear leader, the group organically formed and started marching at 9 p.m. continuing aimlessly throughout downtown for more than two hours.

When the march passed police in front of the Lexington Police Department, people asked police officers to kneel with them, then they asked officers to march with them. They did.

Early in the night, a few people jumped on a police car that was trying to block traffic so protesters could safely march in the street, but the incident deescalated without incident.

To date, all of the protests in Lexington have been peaceful.

Something, Ronnie Woolfolk says he’s grateful for and wants to see continue.

”We can’t honor Breonna Taylor, we can’t honor George Floyd with violence, they died with violence,” he said. “We gotta honor their memory with peace, because the more the violence the more it takes away from their memory. We don’t want to remember them by violence we want to remember them with peace.”

Monday night Kaulbert Wilson unofficial helped lead the group throughout downtown he says he wants police to be held accountable.

“[Police] have a policy to go by and they don’t ever go by it,” Wilson said. “They’re supposed to do the best of their ability to keep everybody safe and keep them alive. For an officer to be seen on George Floyd’s neck? There’s no need.”

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