LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tuesday afternoon, demonstrators demanding criminal charges for the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor sat outside Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's house.
A New York-based social justice organization, Until Freedom, led the demonstration from Ballard High School to what organizers identified as the attorney general's home.
After contacting his office Cameron released this statement exclusively to WHAS11 News:
"From the beginning, our office has set out to do its job, to fully investigate the events surrounding the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. We continue with a thorough and fair investigation, and today’s events will not alter our pursuit of the truth. The stated goal of today’s protest at my home was to “escalate.” That is not acceptable and only serves to further division and tension within our community. Justice is not achieved by trespassing on private property, and it’s not achieved through escalation. It’s achieved by examining the facts in an impartial and unbiased manner. That is exactly what we are doing and will continue to do in this investigation."
Louisville Metro police say 87 people were arrested.
"Today around 4:30 pm, the LMPD followed a large group of protesters from Ballard High School into the 7000 block of Bedford Lane. We reached out to the Greymoore Devondale police chief to make him aware and were asked if we would assist due to the resources required for such a large group.
The protesters chose to occupy the front yard of a home owned by the Kentucky Attorney General and continuously chant towards he and his neighbors. At his request, they were removed from the property. All were given the opportunity to leave and were told that remaining on the property would be unlawful, and they chose not to leave. In total, 87 people were arrested. Due to their refusal to leave the property and their attempts to influence the decision of the Attorney General with their actions, each person was charged with Intimidating a Participant in a Legal Process (Class D felony), Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree (Class B misdemeanor), and Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree. (Violation)."