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All Charges Dropped Against Kentucky Lawmaker Arrested During Riots

Louisville, KY – All charges filed against Kentucky Representative Attica Scott and 17 other rioters accused of wreaking havoc in downtown Louisville in September were dismissed on Monday.

“ALL CHARGES HAVE JUST BEEN DROPPED!” Scott wrote in a triumphant tweet on Nov. 16. “Thank you to all of our justice seekers, people who called, emailed and tagged the County Attorney on social media. You got it done!”

“Our work continues as we seek justice for Breonna Taylor,” Scott added.

Scott’s felony rioting charge was dismissed early in October, but she still faced misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse in connection with the Sept. 24 riots before the case was dropped altogether on Monday, according to the Courier Journal.

She was one of at least 24 people who were arrested that night, The Washington Post reported at the time.

Scott said her arrest “was political retaliation,” the Courier Journal reported.

“They knew exactly who they were arresting, that they had several of the folks who have been providing leadership at (Jefferson) Square, that they had the primary sponsor of Breonna’s Law for Kentucky,” she claimed.

Scott, a Democrat, introduced the “Breonna’s Law” bill in August in an attempt to end no-knock warrants in Kentucky, The Washington Post reported.

“While I am grateful that the misdemeanor charges were dropped, I know that this is not justice for Breonna Taylor,” Scott said shortly after her court hearing, according to the Courier Journal. “So, we still have work to do.”

Now is the time to make sure all of the rioters get to walk free, she said.

“We also have 500 of our comrades who are still facing bogus, unnecessary charges so we’ve got to make sure we get those charges dropped as well,” Scott declared, according to the Courier Journal.

Scott’s attorney, Ted Shouse, told the paper that the arrests were “not warranted.”

“There’s no other way to see this other than a recognition by the county attorney’s office that these arrests never should have been made,” Shouse opined.

Scott’s arrest occurred after rioters took to the streets prior to the 9 p.m. curfew on Sept. 24 and proceeded to smash the windows out of Jeff Ruby’s Steak House on Fourth Street, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) said in a press release.

The mob continued to cause extensive damage as they made their way along the waterfront and through the downtown area, police said.

At one point, they broke out the windows of the Louisville Public Library and threw a flare inside in an attempt to start a fire, according to LMPD.

The group ended up squaring off with police outside the First Unitarian Church on Fourth Street.

After the curfew went into effect, church leaders allowed the crowd to remain outside on the church’s property, according to police.

One video from the scene showed a black man screaming at “white mother—kers” to leave the property.

“I will beat your a–,” he warned a white man who appeared to be a fellow protester.

“Contrary to rumors on social media, at no time were the police waiting for ‘a decision from legal about whether or not they can storm the property,’” LMPD said. “No arrests were made for being on church property. No National Guard was deployed to address these issues.”

Police allowed the group to leave the property to get to their vehicles and go home.

LMPD said they arrested at least 24 rioters throughout the night.

Scott’s arrest came just one day after the state lawmaker complained to NPR about how rarely law enforcement officers are criminally charged.

“Justice…is hardly ever served when it’s police officers murdering black people,” Scott said in the interview. “Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top. And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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