Eleven arrests made in Saturday’s protests, LMPD confirms

Eleven arrests made in Saturday’s protests, LMPD confirms
Louisville Metro Police said in an update Saturday evening that five people had been arrested in the day’s planned protests. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police said in an update Saturday evening that 11 people were arrested in the day’s planned protests.

Police said the five were arrested earlier in the day had been charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a highway, and menacing. Six more arrests were made after 5 Saturday evening.

Some of the protesters forced entry into one of the stadium gates of Lynn Family Stadium. Other protesters blocked the big four bridge with their vehicle.

Three protesters were arrested and charged after throwing bottles at police. Those charges include Interfering with a Governmental Operation, Fleeing and Evading, Wanton Endangerment, and Obstructing a Roadway.

It has been 58 days since the first night of protests in Louisville on May 28. Since then, the investigation into the shooting death of Breonna Taylor during a “no-knock” search warrant has garnered national attention.

Saturday brought an armed protest group called the Not F***ing Around Coalition into the city of Louisville. John Fitzgerald Johnson, also known as The Real Grandmaster Jay, called for NFAC members across the country to march into Louisville demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.

The group began at Baxter Square Park, where an early incident with a discharged gun left three NFAC members injured. Police said that the injuries for all three was non-serious and that there were no suspects.

LMPD said that for the most part, they had seen peaceful protest.

“This is your city, this is our city where we all have to live,” Deputy Chief LaVita Chavous said. “I’m asking, and am asking people to respect the legal process and the time that that takes. To choose peace and not violence. To continue to exercise your right to protest, but do it lawfully.”

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