LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A group of demonstrators took over a portion of NuLu Friday before being dispersed by police. Seventy-six people ended up being arrested during the protest.
People first blocked off the 700 block of East Market Street in NuLu to traffic with artwork and barricades at South Clay Street and South Shelby Street, preventing cars from turning onto Market. There were also people on bicycles helping to block the roads.
Protesters also set up a long table with chairs in the middle of the road as well as a trampoline before police began to disperse the crowd.
LMPD Sgt. Lamont Washington said of the 76 people arrested, many were charged with obstructing a highway and disorderly conduct. A few rioters were also charged with assault after Washington said they threw bottles at police officers.
Friday’s demonstration was organized by Black Lives Matter Louisville and called for a 23% Black representation in Nulu businesses.
"I can see a peaceful outcry," Avaris, a protester said. "This is wartime, man. It's a war against the Negroid people in this land."
Avaris came to Louisville from Alabama to protest.
”I’m just traveling up here to be a part of history,” Avaris said. “Hopefully on the right side of history.”
"They just started locking up everyone that was in the street," Sharra, another protester said. "I thought we had the right to protest. I don't want to break any laws, I just, I feel like a lot of people, I feel like them, they're just fighting for their rights."
It was by chance Sharra stumbled on the growing scene, but she stayed once she saw all of the officers.
“It’s emotional and it’s disheartening at the same exact time, because, I mean these are the people who are supposed to trust and if we’re peacefully protesting and they’re doing that to us, you know,” Sharra said.
This comes as some community members continue to call for the three Louisville Metro Police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death to be charged for murder.
Taylor was shot and killed as the officers tried to serve a no-knock drug warrant at her apartment in March. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, admitted to police he thought the officers were intruders breaking into the home, so he shot at them and the officers returned fire.
In the shootout, Taylor was killed. Walker was not injured.