LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A “taste of justice” is how some protesters in Minneapolis described their feelings Tuesday after the conviction of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. However, that’s not the way protesters in Louisville have felt in response to the Breonna Taylor case.
Protesters told WAVE 3 News Tuesday the guilty verdict in Minneapolis is something they wish they saw in Louisville involving the Louisville Metro Police Department officers who raided Taylor’s apartment leading to her death.
Karen Johnson said Chauvin’s conviction isn’t just a victory for people of color.
”[Tuesday] this was a little bit of accountability, that’s what this was,” she said. “We’re going to keep going and keep moving until we get justice for Breonna Taylor.”
Protesters still want to see all three officers charged and convicted of murder in the Taylor case. Only one officer involved has been charged for shooting into a neighboring apartment.
However, the demands don’t end there. Protesters are calling for another LMPD officer to be fired after a bystander recorded and posted a video to social media Sunday. It shows four officers trying to take down Denorver Garrett; as he resisted arrest, the officer is seen punching Garrett multiple times.
Demonstrators found out who the officer is and where he lives, then got together to protest. Garrett also protested.
”We came out here to show we’re not scared. The people that [sic] are with me is not scared,” Garrett said. “It’s crazy, I was the victim in the situation. [Sic] You are protecting this man who brutally assaulted me.”
The LMPD Professional Standards Unit is conducting an investigation into the incident and will determine whether the resistance warranted the use of force by the officer.
As the protest took place, officers from Jeffersontown and Louisville Metro were seen patrolling the area.