LMPD: 4 people arrested in downtown caravan protest Saturday

LMPD: 4 people arrested in downtown caravan protest Saturday
Four arrests and multiple citations were issued Saturday following a mobile caravan protest in Downtown Louisville. (Source: Louisville Metro Police Department - Facebook)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Four arrests and multiple citations were issued Saturday following a mobile caravan protest in Downtown Louisville.

According to LMPD Officer Beth Ruoff, officers responded to multiple calls of a mobile caravan and vehicles blocking the roadway. Several intersections where the caravan was located include the intersections of 9th Street and Broadway, 10th Street and Broadway, 8th Street and Magazine Street and 4th Street and West Jefferson Street.

Officers began their responses around 2 p.m. Saturday, which were livestreamed by police as well as multiple local live streamers.

Police said multiple individuals were charged with obstructing a highway, and citations issued for traffic violations such as improper turns, disregarding a traffic control device, and reckless driving.

Local protesters Saturday continued calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed in her apartment during a raid conducted by Louisville Metro Police officers back in March 2020.

FULL COVERAGE: The Breonna Taylor case

Three officers, former LMPD Det. Brett Hankison, Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove were serving a no-knock warrant when Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a “warning shot” into the hallway, believing that they were intruders.

The shot struck Mattingly in the leg and led to officers firing back, with Taylor being killed in the crossfire. Walker was uninjured in the incident.

Charges against Walker, attempted murder of a police officer and assault, were dropped back in May “without prejudice.” A new motion filed Thursday is being sent to court in an effort to dismiss the charges permanently.

The three officers were not charged in relation to Taylor’s death, however Hankison was charged by a grand jury with three counts of wanton endangerment after shots allegedly fired blindly went into a neighbor’s apartment.

LMPD released a statement Sunday regarding police monitoring caravan activity. Read the full statement below:

“LMPD continues to monitor caravan activity to ensure that they are being conducted in a manner that does not create safety issues for participants of the caravan and residents alike. Saturday’s activity saw several individuals engaged in behavior that was deliberately reckless and this resulted in several arrests. Included in this was an individual who stood in front of a bus and refused to move, an individual who was riding unsecured on the hood of a car, and an individual who deliberately stepped in front of vehicles to disrupt traffic. LMPD respects the right to protest and is committed to working with any entity or individual on identifying a path forward that allows for freedom of expression in a manner that does not create public safety issues.”

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