LOUISVILLE, Ky -- Several elected officials came to a former University of Louisville basketball player’s side in court Wednesday because they say Fourth Street Live is not welcoming to all people. Some lawmakers even feel that some people are subject to harassment and disrespect and they fear that is why Jason Osborne, 38, was arrested.
“I think it emblematic of the problems African Americans have when they go to Fourth Street Live,” said Darryl Owens, State Representative, 43rd District, Louisville, Kentucky.
“There is a problem here and it is a problem that has been growing over the last several years,” said Reginald K. Meeks, State Representative, 42nd District, Louisville, Kentucky.
Osborne was arrested at Fourth Street Live over the weekend for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and menacing.
“He did not do anything wrong,” said Derwin Webb, who is Osborne’s attorney. “He did not do anything illegal except try to see what was going on with his friend.”
Webb, who is also a former U of L basketball player, says Osborne was only trying to find out from police why his girlfriend was being arrested, until he too found himself being detained.
“He tried to leave the establishment,” said Webb. “He tried to get all the things so he could leave, [he] tried to leave and the next thing he knew he was on the ground.”
Police reports say Osborne tried to hit officers and the 6’9” former U of L player had to be forcibly restrained.
Local and state elected officials, who are all black, came to Osborne's arraignment Wednesday to support him.
“I do not go to Fourth Street Live after 5:00 in the evening,” said Owens. “I am not going to subject myself, my friends or any guests to harassment, disrespect or possible arrest at Fourth Street Live. I do not go.”
WHAS 11 News called the Cordish Company, which owns the Fourth Street Live property and they issued this statement: “The incident occurred outside of Fourth Street Live! and was between an individual and members of the police. No Fourth Street Live! employee or third party contractor was involved in the incident or the individuals arrest. Inquiries concerning this matter should be directed to the police.”