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Louisville protester arrested in viral video enters not guilty plea

Denorver Garrett, the protester punched in the face by an LMPD officer multiple times during an...
Denorver Garrett, the protester punched in the face by an LMPD officer multiple times during an arrest in Jefferson Square Park is speaking out.(Jaime Hendricks)
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 5:29 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The man at the center of a controversial arrest in Jefferson Square Park appeared in court on Wednesday.

Denorver “Dee” Garrett was arraigned Wednesday on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after being arrested on Sunday. Garrett’s attorney entered a not guilty plea.

On a cell phone video that has since gone viral, Louisville Metro Police Department officers can be heard telling Garrett he was being arrested for walking in the middle of Jefferson Street and disrupting traffic. As officers tried to get Garrett in handcuffs, they can be heard telling him to stop resisting as he tried to get away.

The video also shows an officer punching Garrett three times.

(WARNING: The following video is graphic and contains profanities and violence. Viewer discretion is advised. The story continues below the video)

LMPD Chief Erika Shields said Sunday the officer who punched Garrett is under investigation.

Garrett was among a group of people who found out who the officer is and where he lives, ultimately protesting near his home Tuesday night, with Garrett claiming the officer assaulted him.

LMPD officers and Jeffersontown Police officers patrolled the area to keep them from getting to the officer’s home.

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