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Police: 12 protesters in Louisville arrested, charged

Police: 12 protesters in Louisville arrested, charged
America Protests Louisville
Posted at 4:10 PM, Aug 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-09 16:10:40-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police say 12 protesters in Kentucky’s largest were arrested after they blocked roadways, surrounded vehicles, shot paintballs and destroyed property.

Louisville police spokesman Sgt. Lamont Washington said in a statement that eight people were charged Saturday with felonies and four were charged with misdemeanors.

Not all of the charges were available early Sunday, but the Courier Journal reported some counts included first-degree riot, unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

Global protests on behalf of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, George Floyd in Minnesota and others have been part of a national reckoning over racism and police brutality. Demonstrations have been taking place daily in Louisville since May.