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Disabled veteran says four black women brutally attacked her on Mother’s Day: ‘F*** you, you white b****’

Police in Louisville are reportedly investigating a potential hate crime after a disabled army veteran was viciously attacked in a parking lot on Mother’s Day.

What happened?

Pamela Ahlstedt-Brown, a disabled Army veteran, told WAVE-TV she was trying to back out of a handicapped parking space at her local Kroger grocery store when she noticed a vehicle parked behind her, preventing her from leaving.

Ahlstedt-Brown said she confronted the passengers inside the vehicle, whom she identified as four young black women in a Dodge car.

“I get out and I say, ‘Do you guys need any help?’ and she said, ‘F*** you, you white b****.’ I said, ‘Hold on, you don’t even know me,'” Brown said. “I said, ‘That’s fine. If you don’t need anything, that’s fine. I’ll get back in the car,'” Ahlstedt-Brown explained.

That’s when Ahlstedt-Brown was attacked, she told WAVE.

“I mean, they were beating me, and I was in a fetal position, covering my face, making sure they didn’t get my eyes,” she explained.

According to WAVE, strangers in the parking lot — not Kroger security guards — stopped the attack.

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Brown said she went back to the Kroger on Sunday to speak to LMPD officers and tried to retrieve security footage. Tuesday, her daughter called the police multiple times to obtain security footage to no avail.

“They told her, ‘You could have got the video from Kroger the first day.’ And then he followed that up with, ‘Well, a detective has it, so you can’t get it from Kroger.’ So which was is it? His response was to hang up on her,” Brown said.

Ahlstedt-Brown told WAVE she sustained a broken nose during the attack.

What did police say?

A spokesman for the Louisville Metro Police Department reportedly said detectives are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

“We’re gonna collect all the evidence, present it in court, and they will decide,” a LMPD spokesman reportedly said. “A hate crime is an enhancement, in this case, it’s an assault is where we are at at this time. The courts will eventually decide that.”

TheBlaze reached out to Kroger about the incident, but did not receive a response as of press time.

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VIDEO: Gun-toting restaurant patron puts scare into Black Lives Matter protesters in Louisville

A Louisville restaurant patron put a bit of a scare into Black Lives Matter marchers Saturday night when video caught him pointing a handgun at the protesters in a wild scene amid tables on the sidewalk in front of La Chasse, the Courier-Journal reported.

What are the details?

The paper said the protesters’ demonstration coincided with the 147th Kentucky Derby and was in memory of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police last year.

Just after 8:30 p.m., protesters stopped outside La Chasse on Bardstown Road, which is about five miles northeast of Churchill Downs, and the Courier-Journal reported that a man watching from the restaurant’s patio pulled a gun and pointed it at protesters during a confrontation.

It’s not clear what led to the confrontation, but there are numerous examples of leftist protesters caught on video harassing and terrorizing restaurant patrons at their tables in the name of their causes — such as this courageous mob in Washington, D.C., last August:

But apparently the armed restaurant patron in Louisville wasn’t about to let anything like that happen to him.

Video of the confrontation begins with an image of the white-haired man in a blue dress shirt and light-colored pants standing near one of the outdoor tables and pointing a small handgun at the protesters, who are hollering and making gestures — but not daring to get anywhere near him.


Image source: Courier-Journal video screenshot

In the clip, one of the protesters can be heard hollering at the man, “You’re not the only one with a gun!”

Indeed, a pair of men armed with rifles and handguns who appeared to be acting as security for the protesters were seen facing down the white-haired patron and arguing with him.


Image source: Courier-Journal video screenshot

A woman who appeared to be one of the protesters and man who appeared to be restaurant employee did their best to keep things calm.


Image source: Courier-Journal video screenshot

The paper said other protesters told the group to keep moving, and a few minutes later several Louisville police cruisers pulled up in front of the restaurant. The Courier-Journal didn’t indicate if any arrests were made.

The video ends with the white-haired man and another man being led inside the restaurant as the more heavily armed men watch them leave the scene:

Anything else?

A number of Twitter commenters weighed in on a separate video of the incident posted by a Courier-Journal reporter.

While no context for the confrontation was noted in the tweet, it was clear where folks who observed the clip stand on the issue:

  • “THESE BLM turds NEED TO STAY THE F*** OUT OF PEOPLE LIVES,” one commenter wrote. “People that did nothing to harass get harassed in return. It’s going to backfire sooner than you think.”
  • “Bunch of stupid jackasses have pushed good decent people to the brink,” another user said. “Best look out!!”
  • “Good for him,” another commenter noted. “Stop harassing and threatening people eating diner.”
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Mother of Breonna Taylor blasts Black Lives Matter chapter as ‘fraud’ that exploited daughter’s death

Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, blasted the Louisville chapter of Black Lives Matter this week, describing the group as a “fraud.”

What are the details?

Palmer targeted the Black Lives Matter chapter in a Facebook post on Wednesday along with Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott (D) for exploiting Taylor’s death to raise money or advance policy initiatives.

Palmer wrote:

I think it’s crazy when people say they’ve been here since day 1, let me be clear Christopher 2x, The Montgomery family (Angie, Cheri, TiJuan & Craig) is the one and only day one’s not to mention Breonna’s friends and family but they’ve never needed Recognition immediately following is Until Freedom… I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud, Attica Scott another fraud, Then There’s the people at injustice Square a.k.a. BREEWAYY who has been 100 and held it down but that doesn’t go to say everyone down there but they know who they are & also never needed recognition…I could walk in a room full of people who claim to be here for Breonna’s family who don’t even know who I am, I’ve watched y’all raise money on behalf of Breonna’s family who has never done a damn thing for us nor have we needed it or asked so Talk about fraud. It’s amazing how many people have lost focus Smdh. I’m a say this before I go I’m so sick of some of y’all and I was last anybody who needs it I’m with this s*** enough is enough!!!

Palmer has since deleted the post after it generated significant attention on social media.

Regarding Scott, the Democratic lawmaker is responsible for legislation that would ban no-knock warrants in Kentucky. Scott has described the bill as “Breonna’s Law.”

Taylor was killed in March 2020 when her boyfriend engaged in a shootout with police who were serving a warrant at his apartment. The warrant was initially approved to be a “no-knock” warrant, which would have permitted officers to enter the property without announcing themselves, but the New York Times later reported the warrant was changed to a “knock and announce” warrant prior to the raid.

What was the response?

Palmer’s post triggered a response from Tamika Mallory, one of the founding members of Black Lives Matter.

Because Palmer deleted her orginial post, Mallory’s response was also deleted. However, the Daily Wire preserved Mallory’s complete reply.

It really saddens me that you have to deal with all of this and I wish I could just ignore all the lies and slander. What I know is that history will record what is written and said about our efforts and we must ALL be careful and truthful. When people say Until Freedom cheated people, that hurts. We sacrificed a lot just like everyone else. Our families have suffered as a result of our time there. And we didn’t take anything from anyone. WE GAVE AND GAVE AND GAVE AND GAVE AND GAVE. Because it was the the [sic] right thing to do and because we know we had the privilege of visibility which afforded us resources. And we continue to give to this day. So I cannot sit back and allow the work of my team and all those who traveled back and forth from around the country to support our work to be slandered. Not by people who know better…those who lie to make themselves look like they did things they did not do. It is our job to protect the integrity of our work and our organization. And we will do that.

Aside from what I just stated, the other truth is we are just tired of the bs. We have done the Michelle Obama “go high” thing. That doesn’t work all the times. So now if you swing and lie, we’re swinging back. I don’t care if people say we’re ugly, dumb, wack…that’s all cool. But you won’t get away with lying on our work.

Tamika, I’m sorry that people keep saying you don’t know what happened and that you don’t know who was helping and that you don’t know what needed to be done. I’m sorry that people are sharing the lies of a person who claims you and your family helped the police and plotted against your child. It’s sick. Those people never sat with you one time. From day one you were keenly aware of everything and you knew exactly what you needed. These people are hypocrites because they like to use “what the mother said” in other situations and trust if you were calling me out, they would be the main ones sharing everywhere that “Tamika Palmer, the MOTHER, or Breonna Taylor said…” smh it’s actually sad[.]

There are many who contributed and continue to work on brining justice to your family and they should all be honored, honestly.

The officers involved in the raid that resulted in Taylor’s death were not charged for killing her. Two have been fired, while one was charged with wanton endangerment for firing shots into an apartment adjacent to the one were Taylor was killed.

Last September, the city of Louisville agreed to a $12 million settlement with Taylor’s family.

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Black Lives Matter militants harass young girls for their ‘white privilege’ as they walk into cheerleading competition

Black Lives Matter militants harassed groups of young girls for their “white privilege” as they walked into a cheerleading competition in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday.

What happened?

As one group of cheerleaders crossed the street into the Kentucky International Convention Center, Carmen M. Jones spelled out a message for them as she spoke into a megaphone, WDRB-TV reported.

“The reason why you get to be here in these pretty little gorgeous outfits and your gorgeous hair and your gorgeous bows is because of your white privilege,” Jones said, according to the station. “Breonna [Taylor] is dead. Black mothers are burying their babies while white mothers send their daughters to cheer competitions.”

Here’s the clip:

Jones also appeared to command the cheerleaders to “do something black today with your white privilege.” WDRB also said protesters held signs and used chants with profanities as the children walked in and out of the building.

Another video shows what appears to be a protester holding a rifle as the group faces down a group of police officers in front of the convention center:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @CIA-Simulation Warlord

In the second video Jones can be heard on the megaphone hollering — apparently to cops — “We are not afraid of you! We are not intimidated by you!”

Then as another group of young girls headed into the cheerleading competition, Jones could be heard saying “they don’t give a f*** about y’all!” One of the protester’s signs read, “F*** the police.”

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Profanity):

One dad isn’t happy

A father of cheerleaders told WDRB that protesters “were badgering them all the way in the door” and that his oldest daughter “cried for about an hour” after the interaction.

“You could see it affected all these kids,” the father told the station, only giving his first name — Rob — and not showing his face on camera during an interview.

Rob told WDRB that the protesters have a right to be there but should have left children out of it: “If there’s a problem within life, you keep it between adults. You don’t take kids and add them into the problems. It had nothing to do with them. Even if you have something that you’re passionate about. That wasn’t the way to go about it.”

The station said Louisville police made three arrests at the protest, and among the charges were disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway.

Black Lives Matter leader is unmoved

Jones told WDRB that she and fellow protesters stand by their words and methods: “Yes, I did tell them ‘Don’t be somebody that my child is going to have to fight.’ Because right now I’m fighting the grandchildren, the great-grandchildren of people’s ancestors who didn’t do right.”

She added to the station that “Breonna Taylor will never be able to have a child to be able to take to a cheer competition. If black kids are children enough, and child enough, and mature enough to go through the things that we go through as children, then their children are children enough, child enough. and mature enough to learn about their privilege.”

This Saturday will be the one-year anniversary of the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman shot six times by Louisville police officers during a “no-knock” search warrant at her apartment. Officers returned fire after Taylor’s boyfriend fired his gun thinking he and Taylor were robbery targets. Police suspected Taylor’s apartment was being used to traffic drugs, but no drugs or money were found during the search. The incident ignited public outrage and protests around the country.

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Louisville declares racism a ‘public health crisis’; Democratic mayor vows to ‘reimagine public safety’

Louisville, Kentucky, has officially declared racism a “public health crisis.”

What are the details?

Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday — which was headlined “Advancing Racial Equity for Black Louisville” — making the declaration official. The development comes after racial unrest struck the Kentucky city this summer following the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March as they executed a no-knock warrant at her home.

“This order lays out in stark terms the societal, economic, physical and mental health impacts of racism on not just Black Louisville, but all the people of our city,” Fischer said, The Hill reported.

“Of course, we can’t change America by ourselves, but we can show America how a city can change itself,” he added. “We can channel the energy from the pain we’ve experienced and take ourselves from tragedy to transformation.”

The plan states:

In light of the tragic death of Breonna Taylor and recognizing the imperative need to address the impacts of racism and dismantle systemic racism, Mayor Greg Fischer is issuing an executive order declaring racism as a public health crisis to acknowledge and address the societal, physical and mental health impacts on Black residents and all Louisvillians. In addition, the Mayor is pursuing a robust state legislative agenda that includes
changes to promote transparency and accountability in police-involved disciplinary matters, equity initiatives,
bail reform and voting rights.

Specifically, Fischer’s plan outlines seven goals. The Democratic mayor wants to “reimagine public safety,” “build black wealth,” and “address the health impacts of racism,” among other policy initiatives.

“For too many Louisvillians racism is a fact of daily life, a fact that was created and documented in our country’s laws and institutional policies like segregation, redlining and urban renewal,” Fischer said, WLKY-TV reported.

He also said, “[R]eal life experiences tell us our systems are more than broken. They must be dismantled and replaced.”

Anything else?

Dozens of cities, counties, and even whole states have declared racism a public health issue, according to the American Public Health Association.

Democratic lawmakers — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Barbara Lee (Calif.) — even introduced legislation earlier this year that would declare racism a nationwide health crisis.

“It is time we start treating structural racism like we would treat any other public health problem or disease: investing in research into its symptoms and causes and finding ways to mitigate its effects,” Sen. Warren said of the legislation.

Pressley added, “For far too long, our federal government has failed to recognize and address the structural racism that has devastated Black and brown communities and denied access to quality health care.”

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Man arrested for allegedly threatening to kill cops in exchange for money while flashing gun in Facebook video

The Department of Justice announced Sunday the arrest of a man officials say threatened to kill police officers in exchange for money in a social media video.

What are the details?

The Justice Department said in a press released it arrested 29-year-old Cortez Lamont Edwards, a resident of Louisville, Kentucky.

Edwards is accused of posting a video to Facebook on Sept. 23 while “in possession of an AR variant pistol including a non-extendible support brace with an extended magazine.” Edwards reportedly stated in the video that he would shoot Louisville Metro Police Department officers in exchange for $30,000.

During a search of Edwards’ residence, authorities discovered multiple firearms. More from the press release:

On September 27, 2020, Special Agents from the ATF, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Marshal Service, Federal Protective Service and officers and detectives from the Louisville Metro Police Department executed a search warrant at Edwards’ residence without incident. The defendant was located laying on a couch in the living room of his residence. A Glock model 19, 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol, bearing serial number BPHA723, was located on the couch where Edwards was sleeping at the time of entry into the residence. At the time of entry into the living room, Edwards was the only adult present in that room and there a toddler present in a playpen.

Ultimately, Edwards was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

“Threats against law enforcement are unacceptable,” special agent in charge R. Shawn Morrow of the Louisville Field Division of the ATF said in the DOJ press release.

He added, “When you threaten police and brandish firearms, you can expect the attention of ATF. This morning ATF agents, with the immediate assistance of LMPD, HSI, U.S. Marshals, and the FBI, executed a warrant and arrested an armed felon ensuring he wouldn’t carry out those threats.”

Anything else?

Edwards’ alleged threat came the same day that Louisville was plunged into further chaos after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the police officer responsible for shooting Breonna Taylor would not be criminally punished for Taylor’s untimely death.

Unfortunately, two Louisville police officers were shot after Cameron’s announcement. Those officers were expected to make a full recovery, and a suspect was arrested for the shooting.

“Louisville needs healing and safety for its citizens, not armed felons seeking bids to shoot police,” U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said. “Federal law enforcement here will continue to respond as one to swiftly mitigate threats to our city.”

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Black Lives Matter activists try to bully Louisville store owner, but he doesn’t back down: ‘Nobody can intimidate me’

Black Lives Matter activists attempted to pressure a store owner into supporting their causes, but the man wasn’t about to be bullied into blindly agreeing with them.

An armed man was guarding his store in Louisville on Friday night. He was protecting his business because it was firebombed the night before when riots erupted, which were sparked by the grand jury decision not to charge any of the police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case with homicide.

Several Black Lives Matter supporters confronted business owner Fadi Faouri, as seen in video taken by Daily Caller field reporter Jorge Ventura.

One of the activists ask Faouri, “Does black lives matter?” The store owner replies, “If you’re a good person, I will care about you. If you’re a bad person…pffft.”

With several other BLM supporters surrounding him and multiple people recording him, the BLM supporter then asks, “Does Breonna Taylor matter?” The business owner replies, “I don’t know.”

The activist aggressively asks, “What do you mean you don’t know?” Another person in the crowd comes forward and asks, “How you don’t know if it doesn’t matter?”

Faouri defends himself during the tense encounter, “You’re trying to intimidate me.”

More people in the crowd become agitated with his answer and want him to explain his stance of impartiality on the hot-button topic.

“I’m not playing that game,” the gun-toting store owner proclaims.

The crowd grows larger, and people steadily move closer to Faouri.

The store owner declares, “Nobody can intimidate me.”

While most of the group walks away, one woman who claims to be a documentary filmmaker confronts Faouri, and tells him the details from the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. The store owner responds by saying, “That’s not my f***ing business.”

Not satisfied with the response, she retorts, “It should be your business, because all lives matter, right? You just said, ‘All lives matter.’ You can say that, but it’s the color black that is the issue.”

“You have an issue with that, I don’t have an issue,” Faouri rebuts. “I don’t see color.”

“I don’t care, white or black bulls****, I see you as a human being, that’s all that I care about,” he says.

“I don’t care about white, black, purple, green, whatever the f*** it is,” he states. “I don’t believe in color.”

(Content Warning: Strong language):

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Louisville protests peaceful on third evening after Breonna Taylor decision

Protesters in Louisville, Kentucky, marched and rallied peacefully for several hours as of 11:00 p.m. EST on Friday, in what was the third evening of demonstrations held in protest of a grand jury’s decision Wednesday not to charge three police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in a police raid in March.

What are the details?

Early in the evening, the mood appeared tense as some protesters were seen yelling and antagonizing police officers who were on the scene. Much of the footage available was captured by “independent guy on the scene” Brendan Gutenschwager, who reported that media and cameras were welcomed by demonstrators on Friday.

One apparent organizer was seen on video declaring that protesters would be “going to war tonight,” and advising those with pre-existing conditions not to stay out past the city-imposed 9:00 p.m. curfew while warning that they would likely end up in jail overnight.

The same man led the gathering in a moment of silence to honor the memory of Breonna Taylor.

Protesters marched to the First Unitarian Church of Louisville ahead of curfew, as they had done the night before. Just like Thursday night, the church offered demonstrators sanctuary from arrest, as the house of worship is exempt from the curfew rules.

Another observer reported just ahead of curfew, “Currently calm in Louisville, KY at the church sanctuary. No destruction of property, looting, arson, or rioting in sight. Lots of car horns for support.”

A reporter from WBZ-TV reported more than an hour after curfew that “Organizers of this #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor rally just told everyone to go home safely, after four peaceful hours rallying and marching throughout the city”

It was a welcomed night of calm (as of this writing) after there were scenes circulated Thursday night of protesters smashing glass with bats.

Also on Thursday night, the doors of the Louisville City Library were smashed, and an activist tossed a flare inside. Two dozen people were arrested.

On Wednesday, the day of the grand jury’s decision, tensions were high. A riot was declared, and 127 people were arrested — including two reporters from The Daily Caller, and a state Rep. Attica Scott (D).

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Buildings, vehicles vandalized on second night of Breonna Taylor protests, but no recorded attacks on citizens or police after two cops were shot Wednesday

Protests in Louisville were less violent Thursday night, calming down significantly from the previous night, during which two Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers were shot, the Courier Journal reported.

Thursday was the second night since the grand jury decision not to charge any officers for killing Breonna Taylor during a raid on her home in March. One former officer, Brett Hankison, was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, related to his allegedly shooting recklessly into surrounding apartments — not to the fact that Taylor was shot and killed.

The Courier Journal reported that 24 people were arrested overnight Thursday, down from 127 the night before. Some of the arrests were for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse, and others, including a state representative, Attica Scott, were charged with felony rioting.

Local reports say protesters numbered in the hundreds, mostly marching through the city and chanting. Some protesters reportedly confronted armed militia members who said they had come to the city to protect property, but those confrontations did not escalate into violence.

Police say some businesses and buses were damaged by vandals. Social media videos show some protesters carrying bats and smashing windows. Louisville police indicated that only “several” marchers were involved in the vandalism. One person tossed a flare through a broken window at the library.

After the curfew, protesters took refuge in the First Unitarian Church, where church leaders were allowing people to gather on the property to avoid arrest. While police appeared to line up outside the church for some time, protesters were eventually allowed to leave after police concluded their investigation at the library.

“Contrary to rumors on social media, the LMPD, at no time, was waiting for ‘a decision from legal about whether or not they can storm the property,'” an LMPD Facebook post read. “No arrests were made for being on church property. No National Guard was deployed to address these issues. Officers remained at 4th and York in order to secure the area so maintenance could address the library windows that were broken and an arson investigation begun. Once that was complete, police left the area and protestors were given directions on how to leave the church and head home and were able to walk back to their vehicles.”

Louisville police declared a state of emergency earlier this week in advance of the attorney general’s announcement about charges against the officers, which foreshadowed a decision officials knew protesters would be unhappy with. The windows of some federal buildings had been boarded up, and in-person court hearings were changed to virtual meetings this week for fear of unrest.

Two police officers were shot Wednesday night. Police arrested 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson in connection with the shooting. Both of the officers, Maj. Aubrey Gregory and Officer Robinson Desroches, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Johnson has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault of a police officer and 14 counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer.

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Media Declares “Violence Is Inevitable” As 2 Cops Shot In Louisville; Reporters Arrested In Aggressive Police Crackdown

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

As we reported last night, protesters hit the streets in Louisville, NYC, LA, Denver, Oakland, Washington DC, and other cities across the US after a Kentucky grand jury decided that no officers would be charged in the killing of Breonna Taylor, a tragic accident that was the result of officers serving a “no-knock” warrant.

In Louisville, the city where Taylor was shot and killed, 2 police were shot as gunfire broke out downtown after hundreds “peacefully” marched earlier in the evening. But as has become distressingly familiar, the real hard-core agitators came out after dark. A suspect in the shooting of the two officers was taken into custody shortly after, but he wasn’t the only “protester” who was packing heat at the “non-violent demonstration.”

Amazingly, left-leaning media outlets had the gall to frame the shooting of two police as an “inevitable”, while framing the events of last night in distorted terms that served to support their narrative of a corrupt justice system absolving three murderers, instead of reporting the facts: that a jury of their peers – not some unassailable magistrate – decided on the indictments for the three officers.

The Daily Beast reported that none of the officers were charged for Breonna Taylor’s killing. While that’s technically true – officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into a nearby occupied apartment, not for the shots that killed Taylor, which were fired by a colleague – the result is misleading, and intentionally so, we suspect.

But we digress. Circling back to the events of Wednesday night, the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department – better known as the LMPD – aggressively enforced curfew violations after the shooting. Several reporters – including two journalists for the Daily Caller – were arrested during the sweep, and despite protests from their editors, were charged with breaking curfew and attending an “unlawful” assembly. It’s believed that dozens of protesters and reporters were taken into custody during the sweep of Jefferson Square, which has served as the base for BLM protesters who have been out demonstrating every night for the past 118 days.

As far as violence goes, this video has gone viral after being shared by several mainstream media outlets.

The DC reporters arrested included Jorge Ventura and Shelby Talcott.

When editors reached out, the department refused to budge.

Circling back to the wounded officers, Interim LMPD chief Robert Schroeder confirmed the two officers had been shot and sustained life-threatened injuries, and that a suspect was in custody. One of the officers was shot in the abdomen, while the the other was shot in the thigh.

“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” Schroeder said. “Obviously we’ve had two officers shot tonight, and that is very serious. … I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of the utmost importance,” Schroeder said, according to the Courier-Journal.

As of 11 pm local time on Thursday, police had arrested 46 people, which includes those arrested in the sweep of Jefferson Square, which reportedly happened around 8 pm.

Independent video journalist Brendan Gutenschwager narrowly avoided arrest last night. Afterward, he chronicled the eerily silent streets and surveyed the damage.

Thousands gathered across NYC and LA, and hundreds more in Portland, Chicago, Atlanta, and other cities around the country as others marched “in solidarity”.

Expect the unrest to continue Thursday, as it has for nearly 120 days.

The post Media Declares “Violence Is Inevitable” As 2 Cops Shot In Louisville; Reporters Arrested In Aggressive Police Crackdown first appeared on SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You.

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Two Daily Caller reporters arrested during Louisville protests

Two reporters from the conservative website the Daily Caller were arrested during the protests in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday night, and thus far authorities in Louisville appear determined to detain and charge them just like other suspects who were arrested as part of a mass sweep to enforce the city’s curfew.

The report from the Daily Caller indicates that reporters Shelby Talcott and Jorge Ventura were arrested as part of a massive sweep conducted by police, who reportedly did not respond to the reporters’ repeated insistence that they were members of the press.

Prior to their arrest, Ventura and Talcott recorded and tweeted some of the scenes of chaos in Louisville as they unfolded.

The reporters also recorded and tweeted the mass detention and the moments immediately preceding it.

Wednesday night, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll tweeted that he had notified the Louisville Metro Police Department that Talcott and Ventura were members of the press and that he expected them to be released shortly. Later, however, Ingersoll expressed his frustration that the Daily Caller’s reporters were going to be processed in exactly the same manner as the rioters they were covering.

However, as of Thursday, the reporters had not been released and no one from the Daily Caller had been permitted to talk to either Talcott or Ventura, leading Daily Caller co-founder Neil Patel to criticize the treatment of the Caller’s reporters and to threaten a lawsuit if the reporters were not permitted to exercise their First Amendment right to report on an ongoing news story.

In the thread, Patel noted that, unlike other media outlets, the Daily Caller has taken care to interview police and get their side of the story and tell it in a balanced way.

Patel concluded his thread with a warning: “The Louisville Police Department (@LMPD) is going to find out all about this in the form of a lawsuit unless things start changing fast.”

The Louisville Metro Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment on this story.

This is a developing story and will be updated as events warrant.

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Louisville Police Department says one suspect in custody after two officers shot during Breonna Taylor protests

The interim chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department said that a suspect was in custody after the shooting of two officers during the violent protests over the death of Breonna Taylor.

Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said in a short media briefing on Wednesday evening that the two officers were in stable condition, and that one was undergoing surgery.

Schroeder said that police were responding at about 8:30 p.m. to a call of shots being fired at the corner of First and Broadway streets when more shots rang out and two police were struck.

Those police were taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Various videos taken during the shooting were circulated on social media soon afterward, including one reportedly from the police livestream from their Facebook page.

The FBI said they were helping with the investigation into the shooting.

Protests erupted immediately after the announcement that a grand jury had returned charges against only one of three police involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman, during a police raid in March. The third officer was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment over the shots made into neighboring apartments, but not for those that killed Taylor.

The mayor had announced a 72-hour curfew for the city beginning Wednesday from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Here’s the video of the media briefing:


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Breaking: Two police officers shot during violent protests in Louisville over Breonna Taylor

The Louisville Metro Police Dept. said that two officers had been shot during the violent protests in Louisville, Kentucky, over the charges announced against one officer related to the death of Breonna Taylor.

Black Lives Matter protesters immediately denounced the announcement of charges against only one of the officers involved the controversial shooting death that happened during a police raid in March.

Police initially said that one officer had been shot but offered few details about the incident.

Later they confirmed that two officers had been shot.

Protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the grand jury decision. Reporters and others on social media documented small fires being set off and firecrackers being fired off during many of the gatherings.

Reporters in the vicinity said that firecrackers were set off at about the same time as the gunshots.

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BREAKING: One officer charged in Breonna Taylor’s death, mayor implements 72-hour curfew to limit potential riots

One former Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officer was charged Wednesday in the death of Breonna Taylor, with the two other involved officers avoiding charges altogether, USA Today reported.

Former LMPD Sgt. Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing his gun recklessly into Taylor’s apartment on March 13 during an overnight no-knock drug raid. Hankison was fired from the department for his actions that night.

The other two officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, had been placed on administrative leave, but were still with the department.

First degree wanton endangerment is defined as follows:

A person is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person.

The charge is a class D felony that carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

When the three officers charged into Taylor’s apartment around 1 a.m. March 13, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot at them. The officers were not in uniform, and Walker said he thought it was a home invasion. Walker shot Mattingly in the leg. The three officers returned fire with more than 20 shots. Taylor was shot five times.

The city of Louisville paid a settlement of $12 million to Taylor’s family as part of a civil lawsuit.

Louisville officials had been preparing for unrest after this announcement, as protesters have been calling for the firing and arrest of all three officers involved in the shooting since May. The mayor established a 72 hour curfew of from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. each day. The LMPD declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, canceling officers’ time off requests and extending their hours.

There is already some indication of dissatisfaction with the charge. From the Associated Press:

Immediately after the announcement, people were expressing frustration that the grand jury did not do more.

“Justice has NOT been served,” tweeted Linda Sarsour of Until Freedom, a group that has pushed for charges in the case. “Rise UP. All across this country. Everywhere. Rise up for #BreonnaTaylor.”

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Left-wing protester — who’s also a convicted felon — arrested after pointing gun at Louisville motorist

Sometimes those peaceful, gun-shunning leftists can surprise you.

Seems one of them who took part in a Louisville protest march Friday evening pointed a gun at a motorist — and to top it off, the arrestee is a convicted felon, WDRB-TV reported.

What are the details?

Louisville Metro Police on Saturday released video taken from a police helicopter that was circling over the march, and it shows a woman — identified as Robin Ash — pointing a gun at the driver of a dark gray Ford Taurus, the station said.

Ash is facing charges of wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and criminal mischief, WDRB reported, citing court records.

But others at the scene defended Ash, saying the driver pointed a gun at demonstrators first, the station said.

In the police video, which contains no sound, the car in question is traveling in the opposite direction from the march — and one protester appears to be standing in the left-hand turn lane the car enters.

The car comes to a stop after passing the protester, and that’s when the trouble starts.

Several protesters approach the car, including a woman who pulls out a gun and points it at the motorist.


Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Louisville Metro Police Department

After another protester appears to intervene, the woman who pointed the gun walks away from the scene and seems to place something in her pocket or waistband.


Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Louisville Metro Police Department

Others remained near the car and WDRB said one person appears to kick the vehicle while other protesters try to get the crowd away. The police video shows the car drive a short distance down the street before it comes to a stop, and the station said the driver exits the car as police gather around the vehicle and protesters continue to move forward.

Another video, another story

Sheri Wright took her own video of the march and posted a clip of the incident involving the car on her Facebook page, WDRB said — and at a Sunday news conference at the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, she said the motorist “tried to run over protesters.”

Wright’s video shows the Ford Taurus drive closely past at least two people marching in the street before coming to a stop, the station said.

More from WDRB:

As Wright approaches the car, video shows the man behind the wheel pulling out a gun and pointing it at the demonstrators near his car. Ash is not seen approaching the car in Wright’s video, which is focused on the driver’s window.

Wright follows the car as it moves a few feet down the road, and her video shows the man get out of the car and again point a gun at protesters as he inspects a dent in his vehicle. The man then gestures in the direction of police, who are seen moments later moving the crowd away from the vehicle.


Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Sheri Wright

Here’s Wright’s video. (Content warning: Language):

“What do you do when somebody threatens you with a gun? You know, you run or you defend — fight or flight,” Wright said, according to the station. “So I’m not going to knock anyone who felt her life was threatened, because I certainly felt my life was threatened, as did everyone there.”

She added to WDRB that police “surrounded themselves around this man and his vehicle in a protective fashion.”

“It seems very one-sided as far as where LMPD interjects itself into a conflict,” Wright also noted to the station. “From my observation, they want to protect the people who are opposed to the protesters against police brutality. I’ve seen this over and over and over again.”

What did police have to say?

Sgt. Lamont Washington said in a statement that the motorist wasn’t arrested because he was a victim in the incident, WDRB said.

“LMPD released the video to show the whole story,” Washington added to the station. “A still photo or single angle often doesn’t do that. No charges are expected of the driver whose name will not be released since he was the victim.”

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Officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s death sends message to fellow officers slamming protesters, FBI: ‘Don’t put up with their s**t’

A Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officer sent an email to approximately 1,000 fellow officers at 2 a.m. Tuesday criticizing protesters, city officials, department leadership, and the FBI as he awaits a decision on whether he will be charged in Breonna Taylor’s death, Vice News reported.

The email, written by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and obtained by Vice News’ Roberto Aram Ferdman, foreshadowed a “rough” period to come as the city braces for potential unrest if Mattingly, Officer Myles Cosgrove, and Sgt. Brett Hankison are not charged in Taylor’s death this week.

“No matter the ineptitude in upper command or the mayor’s office, this is one of the greatest jobs on earth,” Mattingly wrote. “With that being said, these next few days are going to be tough. They are going to be long, they are going to be frustrating. They will put a tremendous amount of stress on your families.”

The Louisville Metro PD declared a state of emergency Monday in advance of an expected grand jury decision on whether to charge the three officers who executed the no-knock search warrant on Taylor’s home the night they shot and killed her. Hankison was fired, but Mattingly and Cosgrove are still with the department on administrative leave.

Mattingly told the other officers in the email that they didn’t deserve the abuse they will potentially face from protesters in coming days.

“You DO NOT DESERVE to be in this position,” Mattingly wrote. “The position that allows thugs to get in your face and yell, curse, and degrade you. Throw bricks, bottles, and urine on you and expect you to do nothing. It goes against EVERYTHING we were all taught in the academy. The position that if you make a mistake, during one of the most stressful times in your career, the department and FBI (who aren’t cops and would piss their pants if they had to hold the line) go after you for civil rights violations. Your civil rights mean nothing, but the criminal has total autonomy.”

Mattingly defended the officers’ actions the night Taylor was killed. After the officers broke in the door of Taylor’s apartment, Taylor’s boyfriend shot at them, saying he believed it was a home invasion, and they returned fire with approximately 20 shots. Five of them hit Taylor, killing her.

“Regardless of the outcome today or Wednesday, I know we did the legal, moral, and ethical thing that night,” Mattingly wrote. “It’s sad how the good guys are demonized, and criminals are canonized. Put that aside for a while, keep your focus and do your jobs that you are trained and capable of doing. Don’t put up with their s**t, and go home to those lovely families and relationships.”

The officers had a warrant for Taylor because she was believed to be connected to her ex-boyfriend’s drug trafficking operation. No drugs or money were found at her home.

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Louisville police declare state of emergency due to fear of riots that could follow Breonna Taylor decision

The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department declared a state of emergency for the city Monday in anticipation of the unrest that could follow a grand jury decision on whether or not to charge the three officers involved in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor in March, NBC News reported.

“In anticipation of Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s announcement in the Breonna Taylor case, I am declaring a state of emergency for the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD),” a memo from Chief Robert J. Schroeder to officers read.

What do we know?

The emergency declaration went into effect immediately Monday, and all officer time-off requests that had not already been approved were canceled. Under the emergency guidelines, officers will work 12-hour shifts.

Windows of federal buildings in the city, including the courthouse, have been boarded up. Hearings scheduled for this week have been changed to video conferences.

Attorney General Cameron is expected to announce this week whether charges will be filed against Sgt. Brett Hankison, Officer Myles Cosgrove, and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in Taylor’s death. Hankison was fired from the department for “an extreme indifference to the value of human life,” while the other two have been placed on administrative leave.

The city of Louisville paid Taylor’s family $12 million last week to settle a civil lawsuit.

What do we not know?

It is currently unknown whether grand jury deliberations have begun or not, so it is also unknown exactly when an announcement will be made on the fate of the three LMPD officers.

Background

Taylor was a 26-year-old emergency medical technician. She was in her apartment with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when police officers in plain clothes burst in after midnight March 13. Officers had a warrant due to her connection with her ex-boyfriend, who is a convicted drug dealer.

Walker, allegedly believing a home invasion was taking place, shot one of the officers in the leg. The officers returned fire, shooting more than 20 bullets into the home, hitting Taylor five times. She died at the scene.

The incident was not widely publicized until about two months after it occurred, after which it gained national media attention. Along with the death of Ahmaud Arbery, which also made national news in May, and later the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the killings of black individuals sparked nationwide protests and riots that have persisted in the four months since.

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Louisville federal buildings boarded up as city braces for decision on whether cops will face charges for Breonna Taylor’s death

With a decision on whether or not to charge the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s killing anticipated this week, some federal buildings have been boarded up and in-person hearings have gone remote in Louisville, Fox News reported.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will present the findings from the Taylor investigation to a grand jury this week and after that is expected to make an announcement about the fate of the three officers who executed a no-knock warrant on Taylor’s home in March and fatally shot her.

The federal courthouse downtown and the offices attached to the courthouse have had the windows boarded up. The courthouse will be closed to the public Monday through Friday, and scheduled in-person hearings will be conducted as video conferences.

Fox News reported that there was not an official reason given for the changes, but an unnamed official shed some light on the situation:

The order did not give a reason for the temporary closure but said it came at the request of the General Services Administration, which manages the buildings. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Louisville will be closed Sept. 21-25 “due to a court order,” according to the agency’s website.

An unnamed courthouse official told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the buildings would be closed this week in anticipation of a major announcement, but did not elaborate.

City and federal properties have been targeted by rioters in various cities over the past several months in response to police violence against minorities, including Taylor. A federal courthouse in Portland, for example, has been repeatedly vandalized by protesters during a streak of more than 100 straight days of protests.

The city of Louisville paid a $12 million settlement to Taylor’s family last week as part of a civil lawsuit over her killing.

Taylor was killed March 13 when officers broke into her home on a warrant that was part of a drug investigation after midnight. After Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at the plainclothes officers upon entry, officers returned fire, hitting Taylor five times.

Walker, a legal gun owner, said he didn’t know the officers were law enforcement when he shot at them. He was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer after hitting one of them in the leg, but the charges were later dropped. Walker has sued the city of Louisville for compensatory damages and to protect himself from being arrested again in connection with the incident.

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City of Louisville will announce ‘substantial’ financial settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor today

Multiple sources are reporting that the City of Louisville plans to announce on Tuesday what is being described as a “substantial” financial settlement in order to avoid further litigation with the family of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers on March 13.

In addition to the financial aspects of the settlement, the city is also expected to agree to a series of police reforms requested by the family, including a policy that all warrants be approved by a police commander before they are submitted to a judge for approval.

Additionally, a Jefferson County grand jury is expected to weigh possible criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting this week.

The lawsuit, which was filed on April 27, alleged that Louisville police officers were negligent in the execution of a warrant for Taylor’s apartment and that they used excessive force. An amended complaint subsequently claimed that Louisville police were attempting to clear out the block where Taylor lived in order to gentrify it, an accusation which the city has strongly denied.

Taylor’s case has served as a flashpoint for a series of protests that have roiled Louisville and fed the flames of anti-police protests nationwide. Although the warrant in question listed Taylor’s name and address, it was clear that police’s investigation was centered on a suspected drug dealer named Jamarcus Glover, who had already been arrested by police at a location 10 miles from Taylor’s residence before the ill-fated raid on Taylor’s apartment. It remains unclear why Taylor’s residence was listed on the warrant, and no drugs or money were found in her apartment as a result of the raid.

Police claim that they knocked and announced themselves before entering Taylor’s apartment, but Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, has claimed that he and Taylor had no idea who was at their door on the night of the raid and that they believed they were being victimized by attempted robbers. When the door crashed in, Walker fired a shot at what he believed were the intruders, striking one of the officers in the leg. Walker was initially charged with attempted murder of the police officer, but those charges were later dropped amid public outcry.

Two of the three officers involved in the raid returned fire, killing Taylor. One of the officers, Brett Hankinson, has been fired by the police department after an investigation determined that he repeatedly fired “blindly” into the apartment. The other two officers involved in the raid have been reassigned to administrative duty while the case is being investigated.

Taylor’s case has rocked the city of Louisville and its police department and led in part to the dismissal of police chief Steve Conrad. Protesters have demanded that the other two police officers in the raid be fired and charged with murder and have also sought other reforms to the Louisville Police Department.

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Cuban immigrant says activist group using ‘mafia tactics’ to intimidate Louisville business owners

An activist group is threatening Louisville business owners with possible repercussions if they fail to submit to their list of social justice-related demands.

Phelix Crittenden, who is allegedly the “lead supply organizer for BLM Louisville chapter,” created a group called “Blacks Organizing Strategic Success.” Its website claims to be a “creative cooperative designed to level the playing field” and “empowering minorities with business resources & networking opportunities.”

Fernando Martinez, a partner of the Olé Restaurant Group, believes the group uses “mafia tactics” to intimidate Louisville business owners. Martinez, who is a Cuban immigrant, became incensed after his restaurant, as well as other businesses, were given a list of demands from the activist group.

Businesses in East Market District of downtown Louisville, also known as NuLu (New Louisville), were given a list of demands such as:

  • Adequately represent the Black population of Louisville by having a minimum of 23% Black staff
  • Purchase a minimum of 23% inventory from Black retailers or make a recurring monthly donation of 1.5% of net sales to a local Black nonprofit or organization
  • Require diversity and inclusion training for all staff members on a bi-annual basis
  • And display a visible sign that increases awareness and shows support for the reparations movement

The Blacks Organizing Strategic Success website created a “Social Justice Rating System,” where businesses are given a grade for how many of the demands they submit to. The organization gives businesses a sort of social credit score, “Ally,” “Complicit,” and “Failed.”

“We’re holding Louisville businesses accountable, and we’re starting in Nulu. We will give businesses the standard 25-30 days to remedy any violation,” the site states. “We will offer them a realistic opportunity & resources to raise their grade.”

If business owners who do not comply with the demands, “protesters would respond by launching negative reviews and social media posts about the businesses,” according to WDRB-TV.

“I hate the word demands,” Rick Murphy, the president of the NuLu Business Association, said. “It’s bullying, it’s mean. We look at what they’ve given us as goals. I don’t embrace demands from anyone. No one can demand something of me, particularly if they accompany that demand with some sort of threat or doing harm to businesses. Right now is the wrong time to try to do harm to businesses.”

Some NuLu business owners were happy to agree to the terms, including Angie Garner, who is the owner of Garner Narratives, an art gallery. Garner even signed a contract, “addressing the gentrification of Clarksdale with some modest steps forward.”

“I knew not to get distracted by any impulses toward hand-wringing and defensiveness, just get busy,” Garner told the Courier-Journal. “It’s important to stay clear that what matters is what happened to the people in Clarksdale, and what opportunities and resources can be made available to Black Louisvillians.”

“Maybe that history will help business owners here understand why it’s not nearly enough, just to be welcoming to Black people who are looking to spend money with them,” she said.

Murphy said that he believes the group’s demands are legitimate, adding that he and other business owners had failed the black community when it comes to making NuLu inclusive for everyone, according to the Courier-Journal.

“I as an individual and we as a group totally endorse what they want,” Murphy said. “We consider those valid goals that we hope to meet in the relatively near future.”

However, Martinez and other Cubans do not plan on giving in to the demands.

Martinez said several protesters presented him with the list of demands and warned that he “better put the letter on the door so your business is not f***ed with.”

“There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand and you have to really prove your convictions and what you believe in,” Martinez wrote on Facebook. “… All good people need to denounce this. How can you justified (sic) injustice with more injustice?”

Martinez responded that as a Cuban immigrant with black relatives, he does not need diversity training.

“Although our community has achieved great success in this city, we continue to miss our homeland, our neighborhoods we grew up in and our families we left behind. We did not want to leave all of those, but we had to,” Luis David Fuentes said. “We had to escape the socialist government that took away our grandparents’ private businesses in 1959 and continue to restrict our civil and political rights today.”

Fuentes said so many Cubans risked their lives for “freedom, respect, and prosperity” in America, but now these values are under attack “because of the diffusion and expansion of Marxist ideas.”

Martinez held a rally at his La Bodeguita de Mima restaurant on Sunday afternoon with American and Cuban flags displayed. Supporters held up signs that read “No 2 Socialism In America,” and “Justice 4 All.”

“La Bodeguita is open to everybody,” Martinez said on Sunday. “If you’re gay, this is your home. If you’re black, this is your home. If you’re white, this is your home. If you’re human, this is your home.”

“How can I be called a bigot and a racist when my family is black? When my son is gay?” he asked. “I’m the proud father of a gay son, and I’m gonna fight for him against anybody.”

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Louisville photographer supportive of Black Lives Matter killed by activist who shot into protest camp

A photographer who was sympathetic to Black Lives Matter and who had been documenting protests in Louisville, Kentucky, was shot and killed in a protest camp Saturday night when one protester fired into the camp, allegedly due to a conflict with another protester, the Courier Journal reported.

Tyler Gerth, 27, was reportedly shot in the face as an innocent bystander when Steven Nelson Lopez showed up at the protest camp and fired his gun into the air before shooting into the camp. Other armed bystanders returned fire at Lopez, shooting him in the leg and preventing further potential casualties.

Lopez had been a participant in the Louisville protests for at least the previous 12 days, having been sighted there multiple times by protesters and reporters. He has been charged with murder and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Other protesters said Lopez had been escorted away from the camp multiple times leading up to the Saturday night shooting after getting into altercations. Lopez had previously been arrested on June 17 for inciting a riot and disorderly conduct. He was armed with two fully loaded handguns at the time of his previous arrest.

A witness recorded video of Lopez shooting into the crowd on Saturday.

Gerth was a photographer who regularly posted pictures of Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s death at the hands of Louisville Metro Police. He was apparently not the target of Lopez’s attack on the protest camp.

“Tyler was incredibly kind, tender-hearted and generous, holding deep convictions and faith,” Gerth’s family wrote in a statement. “It was this sense of justice that drove Tyler to be part of the peaceful demonstrations advocating for the destruction of the systemic racism within our society’s systems. This, combined with his passion of photography led to a strong need within him to be there, documenting the movement, capturing and communicating the messages of peace and justice.”


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One dead after shots fired into crowd at Breonna Taylor protest

One person is dead and another injured after a gunman fired shots into the crowd at a Breonna Taylor protest in Kentucky.

Demonstrators gathered at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville on Saturday in a call for justice for the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Around 9 p.m., the Louisville Metro Police Department started receiving calls about gunfire at the park.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department personnel arrived at the park to perform life-saving measures on a man, who eventually died at the scene. Another person from the incident was found near the Hall of Justice, which is across the street from the park. That person was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police evacuated the park, and are currently “trying to gather as much information as possible in order to identify all who were involved in the incident.” Police have not announced any possible suspects or arrests in the shooting.

An unverified video was posted on Twitter that shows a man opening fire into the park. The graphic video reportedly shows one of the alleged victims of the shooting on the ground and receiving medical attention.

“Fatal shooting reported at Jefferson Square Park. Another person injured. Still waiting to get updates and details from #lmpd,” WAVE-TV reporter Phylicia Ashley wrote on Twitter. “Witness videos allege a man was asked to leave the memorial and protest space then came back with a gun and started shooting into the crowd.”

Following the shooting, the LMPD announced that “peaceful gatherings can continue during the day,” but people will no longer be able to stay overnight at the park, and no tents are permitted.

“I am deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said on Twitter. “It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene.”

At least seven people were shot on May 28 during a Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville.

Demonstrations were being held over the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who was shot in her Louisville home by undercover police who were serving a no-knock warrant. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, believed the police were home invaders and shot at the officers, striking one of the cops.

Taylor was shot eight times. Police were serving a search warrant for a narcotics investigation. No drugs were reportedly found at Taylor’s apartment.

Louisville has since banned no-knock search warrants.

Protesters have been calling for the officers involved in Taylor’s death to be charged. One of the officers involved in the shooting, Brett Hankison, has been fired from the LMPD.

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Police officer involved in fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor to be fired, Louisville mayor says

One of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor will be fired, according to Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer (D).

“Today, I’m announcing that @LMPD Chief Schroeder is initiating termination procedures against Officer Brett Hankison,” Fischer wrote Friday afternoon on Twitter.

The mayor’s tweet included a link to a Louisville government website that had more details on the announcement.

“Unfortunately, due to a provision in state law that I very much would like to see changed, both the Chief and I are precluded from talking about what brought us to this moment, or even the timing of this decision,” the mayor said.

The statute Fischer was referencing is KRS Chapter 67c point 326 (1) (f) which states:

When a police officer has been charged with a violation of departmental rules or regulations, no public statements shall be made concerning the alleged violation by any person or persons of the consolidated local government or the police officer so charged, until final disposition of the charges.

Hankison is one of three Louisville police officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor on March 13. Three plainclothes police officers forcefully entered Taylor’s apartment while executing a no-knock warrant. The officers were conducting a narcotics investigation at the time, but no drugs were found inside Taylor’s apartment.

Taylor, 26, and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep at the time. Walker believed the plainclothes police were home invaders, so he shot at the officers. The cops returned fire, and Taylor was fatally shot eight times.

Hankison allegedly “wantonly and blindly” fired 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment “without supporting facts” that his “deadly force was directed at a person against whom presented an immediate threat of danger or serious injury” of himself or others, according to Hankison’s termination letter released Friday by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

The letter added that three bullets that Hankison fired “traveled into the apartment next to Ms. Taylor’s endangering the three lives in that apartment.”

The LMPD Chief Rob Schroeder said Hankison was not trained to use deadly force in this fashion, and his conduct is a “shock to the conscience.”

The letter notes that Hankison had previously been “disciplined for reckless conduct” that injured an innocent person in 2019.

“Your conduct demands your termination,” Schroeder wrote. “I have the utmost confidence in my decision to terminate your employment for the best interest of the Louisville Metro Police Department and our community.”

The two other officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, have been placed on administrative reassignment.

Previously, city officials noted that action against the three police officers could not take place until the investigations were complete. There was no bodycam video of the deadly incident.

WDRB-TV reported that the LMPD is also investigating allegations that Hankison made inappropriate sexual advances toward at least four women. The mayor demanded that Hankison be removed from the Louisville Police Merit Board after the allegations surfaced.

Sam Aguiar, an attorney for Taylor’s family, said, “It’s about time and this is the poster child of the dirtiest of dirty cops and the most dangerous of dangerous cops. I hope to God he’s never back to working our streets again.”

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Louisville bans no-knock warrants with ordinance bearing Breonna Taylor’s name

The Louisville Metro Council voted Thursday night to ban no-knock search warrants and named the ordinance after Breonna Taylor, the woman who was shot eight times and killed in March by police serving a no-knock warrant at her home in the middle of the night, the Courier Journal reported.

The ordinance also requires the use of body cameras by officers when serving warrants.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he will sign the ordinance, known as Breonna’s Law, as soon as possible. No-knock warrants in the city had already been suspended following Taylor’s death.

Taylor’s mother, Tanika Palmer, said the law is a way for her daughter to continue making a lifesaving impact even in death. Taylor, 26, was an EMT.

“All Breonna wanted to do was save lives,” Palmer said before the vote at Thursday night’s meeting. “So it’s important this law passes, because with that, she’ll get to continue to do that, even in her death.”


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Although relatively more national media focus has been given to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Taylor’s death and the response from the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department in the months since she was killed has been concerning.

Police officers — Myles Cosgrove, Jonathan Mattingly, and Brett Hankison — claim they identified themselves before breaking in Taylor’s home after midnight on March 13. But, they asked for and were granted a no-knock warrant, and numerous witnesses from the apartment complex have contradicted that claim. Taylor was believed by police to be connected with drug trafficking activity. No drugs were found at the residence.

Officers broke down the door with a battering ram (although the police report claims there was no forced entry) and were met with one gunshot from Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, who was a legal gun owner. Walker said he didn’t know they were police and that he was firing a warning shot, not shooting to kill. The officers were not in uniform. They had reportedly been assigned body cameras, but they were not active during the incident. Walker’s gunshot hit one officer in the leg.

The officers returned fire from outside the apartment into Taylor’s apartment, with some of the gunfire going into a neighbor’s apartment as well. Taylor was shot eight times. Walker was left inside the apartment with Breonna’s dead body. When he called 911, it’s unclear whether he was aware that the men who killed his girlfriend were police. He was charged with attempted murder shortly after the incident, but the charges were later dropped. None of the officers has been charged or fired. They are on administrative reassignment, with pay.

The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department recently released an incident report that listed Taylor as having suffered no injuries and included no details of the incident in the narrative section of the report. The Courier Journal is suing LMPD for the investigation file on the case.

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