No indictment in case involving Metro Council President

David Yates not facing charges after fight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Metro Council President David Yates said he had no choice but to fight.


“I broke no laws. I acted in self-defense and defense of another. And I would do so in a second again,” Yates said.

Yates said he and his girlfriend went to University of Louisville's football game against Wake Forest last November.  He said his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend and others were there too.

“We were in a stairwell. We were outnumbered. He was the aggressor,” he said.

Yates said the man then lunged towards him. He felt threatened and fought back. The other man went to the hospital with a broken bone in his face.

“He assaulted us. I defended myself,” Yates said.

A grand jury declined to indict Yates on assault charges. Yates believes this case was really about something else.

“In the midst of the county attorney seeking to remove me from fighting for the victims of sexual abuse that they had brought these charges forward. I am happy that the Grand Jury found that there was no basis for them but the timing…suspect,” he said.

Yates represents multiple alleged victims who claim they were raped and sexually abused by Louisville Metro Police Officers when they participated in the Youth Explorer Program. 

“They can take as many punches as they want at me.  I'm fine.  I will continue to move forward,” Yates said.

WHAS11 did try to reach out to the man who was injured in the fight but he did not respond.

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