LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said 47 were arrested over two nights in relation to the protests of Breonna Taylor’s death along with George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmed Arbury in Georgia.
He said Saturday night’s protests in the downtown area were “significantly more peaceful” than Thursday and Friday. He also thanked Gov. Andy Beshear’s assistance in activating units of the Kentucky National Guard after asking for that measure to be taken.
Louisville Metro Police Chief of Services Amy Hess said police were checking if the protesters who were arrested lived in Louisville.
She said nine inmates were involved in picking up a water cooler and smashing the window at the Metro Corrections’ main jail complex downtown early Sunday morning as the protests outside were calming down. The smashed window allowed them access to an interior walkway where the broke another window with a table and about 20 other inmates damaged chairs and computers, Hess said.
About 135 inmates were on the sixth floor of the jail when the incident happened. Staff brought the incident under control and were not injured. The inmates were returned to jail areas. Four inmates had to be treated for injuries, including three transported to the hospital where they have since been released.
The curfew for Sunday night would be the same as Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 6 a.m.
“I put the curfew in place in order to give people the opportunity to protest during the day,” he said. “You set the right tone and the right purpose and for that I’m very grateful.”
However, there were some more violent issues during the protest including several small fires, trash can fires and several reports of shots fired. “Three officers were in a car struck by at least one bullet. Another officer was standing beside the car and another officer felt a bullet whiz by his head,” the mayor said.
Fischer said “any looting and property damage is unacceptable” and those who are looting are “simply criminals exploiting a sincere protest. They’re using it as cover to steal from innocent people.”
The Louisville mayor said the protests around the country have exposed the need for a lot of work to been done.
“Dozens and dozens of cities across America last night and the night before are experiencing protest and turmoil,” he said. “It’s an American problem, a Louisville problem, a problem for all American cities.”
Fischer said one of the takeaways from the protests is that there is a “broader and well-deserved recognizing of injustices in our country.”