Democrat State Rep Arrested, Charged with Rioting During Louisville Protest
The Louisville Metro Police Department took Kentucky State Representative Attica Scott into custody on Thursday night during the city’s second night of protests since the grand jury’s findings were announced in regards to the death of Breonna Taylor.
Democrat Representative Scott, her daughter Ashanti, and activist Shameka Parrish-Wright were arrested and booked into Louisville Metro Corrections. They have been charged with first-degree rioting (a Class D felony), and failure to disperse and unlawful assembly (misdemeanors).
LMPD, which broadcast their response to the protests for Facebook viewers to watch live, reported that 24 arrests were made as protesters broke business windows, threw a flare into the Public Library, and caused damage through downtown.
Reports indicate that Representative Scott was affiliated with the group that attempted to set the library on fire and vandalized many other businesses and properties prior to the 9 PM curfew.
Parrish-Wright’s lawyer Ted Shouse, however, calls the allegations “outrageous on their face.” He holds that neither party had anything to do with the acts of vandalism.
Scott was arrested near the library and First Unitarian Church, which opened its doors as sanctuary to protesters. After the 9 PM curfew, police officers provided instructions to protesters on how they might safely return to their vehicles and homes.
A total of 127 people have been arrested since protests began Wednesday night.
All three parties were released from Friday morning on personal recognizance bonds (or, on the promise that they would return to court instead of having to post bail). Their arraignment is scheduled for October 6th.
Many have been decrying the arrest on social media outlets, although the facts of their arrests have yet to be made fully known.
This week’s Louisville protests were ignited when the Attorney General announced that the grand jury hearing evidence on the death of Breonna Taylor decided not to press any criminal charges against the officers for her death.
“While there are six possible homicide charges under Kentucky law, these charges are not applicable to the facts before us because our investigation showed, and the grand jury agreed, that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in the return of deadly fire after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker. Let me state that again: According to Kentucky law, the use of force by Mattingly and Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves. This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Miss Breonna Taylor’s death.
The proof is now before us. The facts have been examined, and the grand jury, comprised of our peers and fellow residents, have made a decision. Justice is not often easy. It does not fit the mold of public opinion. And it does not conform to shifting standards. It answers only to the facts and to the law.”
Statement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Representative Scott introduced “Breonna’s Law” to the Kentucky legislature following Breonna’s death in an effort to ban no-knock warrants, despite the fact that officers did not execute a no-knock warrant when they entered Breonna’s apartment (see again AG Cameron’s statement on the grand jury’s findings).
The bill is scheduled to be heard by the Kentucky General Assembly in January 2021.
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