Fight breaks out during Sunday night Lexington protest outside Paddock Bar


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Sunday night protesters took to the streets for the seventeenth night in a row.

Following Saturday night’s arrests, a few adult leaders decided to not be apart of Sunday night’s march.

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The night began with several, now familiar, demonstrations: blocking an intersection for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, a moment of silence for the ancestors sold and bought at Cheapside, chanting in front of the Lexington Police station.

Things took a turn when the group marching got to South Limestone around 10:30 p.m.

The stopped at Tin Roof and chanted then moved on to Paddock Bar. There, a man apparently at Paddock shoves a protesters megaphone, then the back and forth starts.

Watch this clip sent to ABC 36’s Monica Harkins from a protester Pacific Mutayongwa.


Then at least two protesters were pepper sprayed, it’s unclear by who.

Lexington Police were there almost immediately, but no one was detained. Police were seen collecting video evidence of what happened.

When asked earlier in the night why some of the group that was arrested keeps coming back, Josh Patten says it’s a few weeks that could impact a lifetime.

Branden Barber said nothing matters until the lives of his fellow black Americans’ lives matter.


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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or