UPDATE: Protest arrests include athletes, stars, other celebrities
UPDATE, POSTED 1 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ/WHAS) – The 87 people arrested during protests Tuesday evening on Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s lawn in Louisville included an array of athletes and TV stars, in addition to Breonna Taylor family members and regular citizens, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
According to the newspaper, the list included:
— Minneapolis NAACP President Leslie Redmond, who came to Louisville from her city that has seen mass protests over the death of George Floyd;
— Kenny Stills, a wide receiver for the Houston Texans;.
— Reality TV star Porsha Williams, of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and Yandy Smith, of “Love & Hip Hop;”
According to the newspaper, organizers with Until Freedom also listed others, including:
- Frazier Othel Thompson III, better known as Trae tha Truth, a rapper from Houston
- Cordae Amari Dunston, the rapper known professionally asYBN Cordae;
- Mysonne Linen, better known as rapper MySonne, who is also a co-founder of Until Freedom
- Angelo Pinto, a lawyer and Until Freedom co-founder
- Linda Sarsour, co-founder of Until Freedom and MPower Change, a Muslim-led social justice movement
- Tamika Mallory, co-founder of Until Freedom and a nationally-recognized civil rights activist.
Most of the arrested protesters were charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process (Class D felony), second-degree disorderly conduct (Class B misdemeanor) and third-degree criminal trespass (violation), according to Louisville Metro Police. Some were later released on their own recognizance, with court hearings scheduled for October, according to online records the newspaper reported.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 9 P.M. TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ/WHAS)- 87 people were arrested Tuesday night after protesters brought their demands for a swifter investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s house, according to Louisville ABC affiliate WHAS-TV.
WHAS reports the protesters sat outside Cameron’s home and demanded criminal charges for the officers involved in Taylor’s death.
WHAS reporters say a group from New York called Until Freedom led the Tuesday protest from Ballard High School to Cameron’s home
Cameron released a statement about the protest exclusively to WHAS:
“From the beginning, our office has set out to do its job, to fully investigate the events surrounding the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. We continue with a thorough and fair investigation, and today’s events will not alter our pursuit of the truth. The stated goal of today’s protest at my home was to “escalate.” That is not acceptable and only serves to further division and tension within our community. Justice is not achieved by trespassing on private property, and it’s not achieved through escalation. It’s achieved by examining the facts in an impartial and unbiased manner. That is exactly what we are doing and will continue to do in this investigation.”
Louisville Police also told WHAS 87 people were arrested as part of the protest:
“Today around 4:30 pm, the LMPD followed a large group of protesters from Ballard High School into the 7000 block of Bedford Lane. We reached out to the Greymoore Devondale police chief to make him aware and were asked if we would assist due to the resources required for such a large group.
The protesters chose to occupy the front yard of a home owned by the Kentucky Attorney General and continuously chant towards he and his neighbors. At his request, they were trespassed from the property. All were given the opportunity to leave, were told that remaining on the property would be unlawful, and chose not to leave. In total, 87 people were arrested. Due to their refusal to leave the property and their attempts to influence the decision of the Attorney General with their actions, each person was charged with Intimidating a Participant in a Legal Process (Class D felony), Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree (Class B misdemeanor), and Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree. (Violation).”