Lousiville police arrest state lawmaker who authored ‘Breonna’s Law’

  • Police in Louisville, Kentucky, arrested a state lawmaker, Rep. Attica Scott, who had introduced legislation to ban “no-knock” warrants following the police killing of Breonna Taylor.
  • Scott was arrested near the First Unitarian Church in downtown Louisville, where protesters were seeking refuge following a 9 p.m. curfew.
  • It was the second night of protests after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron declined to pursue charges related to the killing of Taylor.
  • One officer, Brett Hankison, who was fired over his role in the raid, was charged with wanton endangerment for shooting into a neighbors’ apartment.
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Police in Louisville arrested a Kentucky state lawmaker on Thursday during protests against impunity for the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor.

Rep. Attica Scott, a Democrat who introduced legislation — dubbed “Breonna’s Law” — to ban “no-knock” warrants, was charged with first-degree rioting and failure to disperse, local TV station WDRB reported. Police also arrested Shameka Parrish-Wright, a local organizer with The Bail Project.

Scott was one of several people arrested while seeking refuge at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Louisville following a 9 p.m. local curfew that is in effect through the weekend.

The church had welcomed protesters, declaring itself a sanctuary for those demanding justice for Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers in March.

 

Following the arrests, police were reportedly in talks with activists over a negotiated exit from the church.

It is the second consecutive night of protests in Louisville after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, announced Wednesday that no officer would be charged in relation to Taylor’s killing.

One officer, Brett Hankison, who was fired over his role in the raid, was charged with wanton endangerment for shooting into a neighbors’ apartment.

Officers had raided Taylor’s apartment searching for drugs, with some eyewitnesses testifying that they broke down the door to her apartment without first announcing themselves. Taylor’s boyfriend, believing a home invasion was in process, fired a shot, prompting a stream of bullets from police, wounding him and killing Taylor.

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