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Police: Cigarette citation prompts suspect to threaten officer's life

Kenneth Taylor is accused of threatening to kill a police officer. Kenneth Taylor is accused of threatening to kill a police officer.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - What began as a minor citation led to more serious charges for a man accused of throwing a cigarette butt into the street.

Kenneth Taylor, 51, was stopped for walking in traffic along East Market Street in Louisville on Wednesday night.

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When an officer approached him, Taylor threw his cigarette butt in the street "and refused to pick it up," according to his arrest report. The officer wrote up a citation, but when he handed it to the suspect, Taylor said "**** that ****" and walked away without the citation, the report said.

The officer then tried to grab Taylor to handcuff and arrest him, but Taylor punched him in the face, the officer said.

A struggle ensued but Taylor was eventually handcuffed, at which point he said he "was going to kill the officer next chance he could get," the report said.

Taylor is charged with assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and littering.

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