All protest charges dropped against Kentucky lawmaker

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – All charges have been dropped against Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott and others arrested during a protest against the decision not to indict the police officers who fatally shot Breonna Taylor.

Scott tweeted a picture of court documents Monday afternoon with a message announcing that every felony and misdemeanor charge had been dismissed. Louisville Metro Police encountered more than a dozen protesters Sept. 24 shortly before the city’s 9 p.m. curfew during the protests for Taylor.

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Scott and others were arrested as they were walking to a church that was providing refuge to protesters after curfew. A felony rioting charges was dismissed Oct. 6.

The following is a statement from Colmon Elridge, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party:

“I am happy to see that the erroneous charges against Rep. Attica Scott and others arrested have been dropped. The protests in Louisville and around the country, in honor of Breonna Taylor, and a too-long list of Black and Brown people who have been killed during altercations with law enforcement, speak to the hurt and pain of centuries of a fear for our lives that no American, or human being, should have to bear. As a father of three biracial boys, who the world will see as Black, these fights are personal and Rep. Scott taking them on has meant more to me than I can convey. But Attica Scott cannot do it alone, nor is this the fight solely of the oppressed. The fight to bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice must be one that all people of goodwill take on. If America is to truly be great, freedom and justice for all must mean All, and we must acknowledge that black lives matter is not merely a movement, but a statement for the dignity our humanity deserves and has been too long denied.”