Louisville, KY – Kentucky Representative Attica Scott was one of at least 24 rioters who were arrested on Thursday night during another night of destruction in downtown Louisville.
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.
She has been charged with felony first-degree rioting, as well as misdemeanor unlawful assembly and failure to disperse, according to the Courier Journal.
Scott’s attorney, Ted Shouse, said that the allegations against the representative are “outrageous.”
The 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.
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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.
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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.
White people have just been threatened with assault and kicked out of the church sanctuary grounds. Almost all press were demanded to leave as well #Louisville #LouisvilleProtests #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/NK1cJVnBU8
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“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.
Lmpd have arrested Rep. Attica Scott, author of Breonna’s law pic.twitter.com/Gla14x8Es6
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Details regarding exact circumstances of Scott’s arrest are unclear.
Her daughter, Ashanti Scott, was also arrested on the same charges, the Courier Journal reported.
Shouse said his client had nothing to do with trying to burn down the library.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3425 President Ashley Sims and Vice President Val Pfister said that their organization is backing Scott and the “other peaceful protesters.”
“We have heard that State Representative Attica Scott and other peaceful protestors have been accused by LMPD of vandalism of the Main Library, among other charges,” Sims and Pfister said in a joint statement early Friday morning. “We have seen no proof that the flare thrown into the library has done any major damage, nor that Representative Scott had anything to do with it, and find these accusations inconsistent with her character and the constant support we have received from her.”
“We continue to stand in support with protestors demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, and we send all our love to Representative Attica Scott and the protestors arrested with her,” Sims and Pfister added.
It is unclear whether or not Scott was still in jail on Friday morning or if she had been released on bail.
Her 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.”
Two Louisville police officers were shot and 127 rioters were arrested during the violent riots that erupted on Sept. 23 in the wake of the announcement that a grand jury indicted just one of the officers involved in the raid that took place at Taylor’s apartment.
The grand jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots into a neighboring apartment occupied by three people, one of who was a pregnant woman and another was her child.
None of the Louisville police officers were indicted for firing shots after Taylor’s boyfriend opened fire on them.
Hankison surrendered to police after the announcement, his attorney, Stew Matthews, told CNN.
He was booked into the Shelby County Jail, and was later released after posting $15,000 bail.
The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) declared a State of Emergency and the Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher announced a curfew ahead of the announcement of the grand jury’s decision.
Protesters were already gathered outside the government buildings that had been boarded up in anticipation of riots if the grand jury ignored activists demands and failed to charge all three officers.
Video showed that even as Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that the special prosecutor’s investigation of the incident had determined that LMPD Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and LMPD Officer Myles Cosgrove were “justified in their use of force after being fired on by Walker,” protesters were preparing to wreak havoc in the streets.
One video showed protesters removing “Abolish the Police” signs and riot gear from a rented U-Haul truck that had been staged nearby.
Hundreds of protesters marched through the city after the 1:15 p.m. announcement, the Courier Journal reported.
As they approached Bardstown Road around 4 p.m., members of the group clashed with police, resulting in 13 arrests.
Police had set up a barricade at the intersection of Market Street and Sixth Street downtown to shut down a roadway, but the mob tore down the blockade and allowed vehicles to drive into the closed-down area before they vandalized multiple city vehicles, the Courier Journal reported.
Videos showed stacks of bricks had been staged near the intersection of Cherokee and Bardstown Roads.
Rioters set multiple garbage piles and trash cans on fire in the Jefferson Square Park area at approximately 8 p.m., the Courier Journal reported.
About a half hour later, LMPD was notified that shots had been fired at a large gathering near east College Street and South Brook Street, LMPD Interim Chief Rob Schroeder told reporters during a late-night press conference, according to WLKY.
As the officers arrived in the area to investigate the gunfire, a rioter opened fire on them, Chief Schroeder said.
Chief Schroeder said LMPD Major Aubrey Gregory was shot in the hip and LMPD Officer Robinson Desroches was shot in the abdomen, the Courier-Journal reported.
Maj. Gregory is the special operations commander for LMPD and supervises the SWAT team, the bomb squad, and the civil defense unit that handles crowd control for the city.
He is a 21-year veteran of the Louisville police force and recently testified before the Louisville Metro Council about his actions during a riot on May 28, the Courier-Journal reported.
“Last night’s situation could have been so much worse for our officers and for the people who were protesting when the gunfire rang out,” Chief Schroeder told reporters on Thursday. “… We are extremely fortunate these two officers will recover.”
Police arrested 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson near the scene of the shooting only minutes after it occurred, the Courier-Journal reported.
Chief Schroeder said that Johnson was facing 14 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment against police officers and two counts of first-degree assault of a police officer.
Court documents said witnesses had identified Johnson as the gunman who opened fire during the protests and then fled the scene, WDRB reported.
The criminal complaint said that shell casings from the gun recovered from Johnson matched the bullets that wounded Maj. Gregory and Officer Desroches.
Chief Schroeder said three more officers were hurt during the riots on Wednesday night, WDRB reported.
He said one sergeant was hit by a protester’s baton, one officer was hit by bodily fluids, and a third officer suffered a knee injury.
“It’s been a very emotional time for our officers in our city… for all of us it is a very tense and emotional time,” the acting police chief said. “Of course, they are concerned for the well-being of the city, our other officers, and of course, themselves.”
Maj. Gregory said he had determined they needed to use tear gas to disperse protesters and get to shooting victims in the mayhem that violent night.
He was released from the hospital on Thursday.
Officer Desroches joined LMPD in 2019 and is assigned to the Second Division, the Courier-Journal reported.
Just a few years earlier he was a defensive end for the Kentucky Wesleyan University football squad.
The chief said that Officer Desroches remained in the hospital in “stable” condition.
The LMPD arrested 127 rioters by early Thursday morning, WLKY reported.
Fischer announced later in the day that the nightly curfew will be extended through Sunday night, according to WAVE.