At least 24 arrested during overnight protests in Louisville

Authorities say at least one person was hurt when a vehicle ran into a small crowd of people protesting police brutality in Los Angeles Thursday night.


At least 24 people were arrested in Louisville during the second night of protests over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to the death of Breonna Taylor.

Louisville Metro Police said early Friday that the demonstrators were arrested before 1 a.m. on charges including unlawful assembly, failure to disperse and riot in the first degree.

Among the arrests during Thursday's demonstrations was state Rep. Attica Scott, who recently pre-filed a bill to end no-knock warrants throughout Kentucky.

Officials said that Scott, among others, was taken into custody outside a church as she was trying to gather with the crowd.

She was booked on three charges, including first-degree rioting, which is a felony. Her daughter was also arrested with her.

Authorities alleged that protesters broke windows at a restaurant, damaged city buses, tried to set a fire and threw a flare into the street. Police eventually declared the gatherings downtown an unlawful assembly, and told people protesting to disperse.

The order came as people stayed out after a 9 p.m. curfew. Police could be heard yelling over loudspeakers for the hundreds of people to go home or be subject to the use of chemical irritants.

The agency also denied accusations that circulated on social media that officers were waiting for a decision from lawyers about whether they could “storm” a private church property where hundreds of protesters had gathered to avoid arrest after the city’s curfew went into effect.

The protesters disbanded around 11 p.m. Thursday after negotiating with police in riot gear, who also pulled back.

In Los Angeles, authorities said at least one person was hurt when a vehicle ran into a small crowd of people protesting police brutality Thursday night.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Nicholas Prange said an ambulance transported one patient to a hospital in unknown condition following the hit-and-run at Sunset Boulevard and Seward Street in Hollywood shortly before 9 p.m. local time.

About 30 minutes later, KCAL9 TV showed helicopter footage of a white sedan pushing slowly through a crowd of marchers blocking another intersection on Sunset.

A group of protesters in a black pickup truck chased down the white sedan and cut it off. They confronted the driver and banged on the sedan’s windows before the car drove away.

It wasn’t immediately known if anyone was hurt in the second incident.

There were no arrests. Los Angeles Police Officer J. Chavez says investigators are still gathering information about both incidents.

The protests in Louisville and cities across the country came amid growing calls for the Kentucky attorney general to release evidence in the fatal shooting in the wake of a grand jury declining to charge three officers with her killing.

Earlier, as people marched in downtown Louisville, dozens of demonstrators veered off the route and confronted a group of people dressed in military-style outfits and carrying rifles.

The protesters chanted "Black lives matter" and "No justice, no peace."

Other members of the march eventually called the demonstrators back to the protest.

Earlier, the governor led the calls to make public the evidence presented to the grand jury.

"We ought to be able to see the evidence and see the facts that led to that conclusion," Gov. Andy Beshear told CNN on Thursday, adding that he asked the attorney general to post the grand jury evidence online. "I trust the people of Kentucky with the truth. I trust them to be able to look at the facts, but they're not able to do that right now."

More than six months after Taylor was shot to death after Louisville police officers broke down the door to her apartment while executing a warrant, a grand jury decided to indict only one of the three officers involved on first-degree wanton endangerment charges.

The charge applies to the risk put on Taylor's neighbors but does not aim to hold the officer responsible for her death.

Now, Taylor's family wants Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release transcripts of the grand jury proceedings, according to family attorney Ben Crump.

"What did (Cameron's office) present to the grand jury? That is the question everybody is asking," Crump said Thursday.

Steve Romines, an attorney for Taylor's boyfriend, also called for the release of the grand jury file, saying it would "show the information they presented to the grand jury was simply designed not to charge these officers."

"Throughout the last six months, there hasn't been really any explanation of the process, the evidence you'd have to secure, what it even takes to make certain charges," Gov. Beshear said. "And then the evidence itself, to date, has not been shared. Certainly, I think that now is the time."

Mayor Greg Fischer said Thursday the city was working with the attorney general's office and the FBI to determine what information could be released without interfering with a series of ongoing investigations, including one by the FBI.