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BLOG: Day 4 | Mayor Fischer continues to urge for peace as 40 more arrested during fourth night of protests

The Louisville mayor says the city will hold a day of healing on Monday as the community picks up the pieces in wake of the Breonna Taylor shooting.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Follow our Sunday coverage of protests related to the March shooting death of Breonna Taylor. 

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10:45 p.m. 

Mayor Fischer is holding an evening briefing as protests go into the fourth night in Louisville. 

He says peaceful protesters are getting upset with Metro Police because of the dispersion of tear gas. The mayor urged peaceful protesters to talk to those causing problems. Officials with LMPD said the protest was technically unlawful because they didn't have a permit. They say they could have taken steps a lot earlier to end it. 

He says 40 people were arrested Sunday night. 

"When you go to bed tonight-say an extra prayer for our country, for our city and pray for better days ahead," he said.

The officer who shot a Louisville reporter with pepper balls while she was live on air has been located. LMPD says officers do have orders not to shoot media with pepper balls. The spokeswoman said the officer has been reassigned until the investigation is complete. 

Several people who were shot during Thursday night's protests are on the mend. LMPD says they are all stable but have no suspects in the incident. 

8:25 p.m. 

8:17 p.m.

Nearly 400 people have gathered at Jefferson Square in a peaceful demonstration. Chants of "no justice, no peace" could be heard.

6:08 p.m.

Mayor Greg Fischer says Monday, June 1 will be marked as a day of healing for the city of Louisville. A virtual celebration will be held at 11:30 a.m.

The mayor also spoke a bit more about Saturday night's protests that led to 40 arrests. 

"We welcome everyone who celebrates the 1st Amendment rights. We have been really helping to protect these people. However, these protests are no longer peaceful.Those who are legitimately out here to protest and say what they want to say; but also there are people out here wanting to damage."

The mayor also spoke about the Black Lives Matter Louisville protest held in downtown Louisville. He called it "good, robust, peaceful" and said he appreciate it. 

4:53 p.m.

A small group has gathered at Jefferson Square Park as 6th Street remains blocked off in downtown Louisville. 

4:30 p.m.

The community gathered for a special moment of unity and solidarity singing "We Are Not Afraid."

4:06 p.m.

The crowd at the event cheered when speakers called for lawmakers to draft legislation to ban no-knock warrants, not just for the city of Louisville but statewide. They want it called "Breonna's Law."

4 p.m. 

Hundreds have gathered at the KFC Yum! Center for a peaceful rally of healing hosted by Black Lives Matter Louisville in support of justice for Breonna Taylor. It was a day of solidarity featuring people from different backgrounds with one common goal -- justice. 

The event featured a host of speakers including State Representative Charles Booker, who also has his eye on getting the Democratic nomination to challenge longtime Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his seat in November. 

11 a.m. 

Mayor Fischer held a briefing Sunday morning and spoke about 40 people arrested related to the Breonna Taylor protests. Here are some of their takeaways from Saturday. 

  • LMPD made about 40 arrests related to the protests. More details will be forthcoming later
  • There were several reports of shots fired throughout the evening.
  • Several small fires were lit (trashcans) with more significant fires around east Broadway corridor – including a vacant building.
  • In particular, five LMPD officers in the area of 9th and Broadway were shot at about midnight.
  • We are very fortunate that no one was hit.
  • Three officers were in a car, which was struck by at least one bullet.
  • Another officer was standing outside the car at the time, while a fifth officer was getting out of another car and felt the bullet whiz by his head.
  • We saw some incidents of looting and burglaries as the evening went on. Not on the scale of what we saw Friday night, but this is still unacceptable
  • These are criminals who are exploiting a sincere protest over the tragic death of Breonna Taylor and using it as a cover to steal from innocent people.
  • Clean up is underway downtown

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