LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: As several people demonstrated to protest the murder of Breonna Taylor ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 1, five of them ended up being arrested after a dinner at a nearby restaurant brought out a gun on the group.
A group of around 50 protesters marched to the entrance to Churchill Downs chanting, “We haven’t forgotten Breonna”. The protesters then met at La Chasse restaurant where a white man dining on the patio suddenly fired the gun at the group. Video footage of the incident does not show whether the man was threatened prior to training the gun at the group, but since Kentucky is an open porter state, he is in the clear with authorities. Cops initially claimed that at least one of the protesters was also armed.
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A clip shows the restaurant facing protesters amid chaotic screams as onlookers record video of the old white man pointing his gun at the crowd. He is seen nodding to protesters as he responds to something unintelligible amid all the commotion as protesters call for action against the restaurant.
A foot chase did start anyway and five of the protesters were arrested for what TMZ revealed to be “all minor offenses which the police say were linked to protests … and not to obey orders when they obstructed the march. owned by the restaurant and confronted by customers “. The outlet also adds that the charges against the five people range from “ignoring signals from an officer for directing traffic / fleeing, evading police and even hitchhiking to disorderly driving,” inability to disperse and possession of an open alcoholic beverage / possession of a handgun by a convicted felon “.
The protest comes after Taylor’s killers were not charged with shooting her as she broke into her home with an arrest warrant without knocking on drug-related charges on the 13th. March 2020. Derby Day postponed from last year to September saw mass protests featuring national groups such as Until Freedom and Not F **** ing Coalition joining hundreds of other protests and calling police upon Taylor’s death. Such a demonstration was not expected at this year’s Derby, but protests have taken place in Louiseville, Kentucky in recent weeks following the fatal shooting of another black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of ‘an ex-Minnesota cop during a regular traffic stop. .
The April 18 arrest of protester Lee Garrett, who was beaten four times by an officer from the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), also sparked fury. Attorney General Daniel Cameron also announced this week that his office had instructed grand jurors in Taylor’s cases on possible homicide charges, but jurors claimed otherwise. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland also revealed that the Justice Department is opening an investigation into the LMPD to verify unconstitutional enforcement patterns and practices.
But before the 147th Derby, the LMPD had claimed to be ready for any kind of protest that should take place. “The outer perimeter of the racetrack will be staffed as usual, primarily for traffic and pedestrian safety,” LMPD spokeswoman Beth Ruoff said earlier this week. “We are prepared for a big event, as we are every year, and for any security issues that might arise around these gatherings.”