Celebrities Arrested For Protesting About Breonna Taylor
The president of the Minneapolis NAACP chapter, an NFL player, various celebrities and reality TV stars were among the 87 people arrested on Tuesday, July 14th, at a peaceful Breonna Taylor protest outside of Attorney General Daniel Cameron's home in Louisville, Kentucky.
They were part of the group of more than 100 who marched to Cameron's home in Louisville's East End about 4 p.m. Tuesday as part of a protest organized by Until Freedom, a national social justice organization.
Dozens of Louisville Metro police officers showed up and subsequently surrounded protesters, with many demonstrators sitting down on Cameron's lawn before getting handcuffed. The protest was intended to put more pressure on local authorities to arrest the police officers responsible for Taylor’s death.
Most of the arrested protesters were charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process (Class D felony), second-degree disorderly conduct (Class B misdemeanour) and third-degree criminal trespass (violation), according to Louisville Metro Police.
The charges were "due to their refusal to leave the property and their attempts to influence the decision of the attorney general with their actions," police said.
Among those arrested, according to jail logs and social media posts, was Minneapolis NAACP President Leslie Redmond, who came down to Louisville from her own city that has seen mass protests over the death of George Floyd.
Rappers YBN Cordae, Trae tha Truth, Mysoone, NFL player Kenny Stills, Porsha Williams of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta", "Love and Hip-Hop: New York" star Yandy Smith, and activist Tamika Mallory, were also among the 87 arrested that day.
On Friday, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell says although he believes LMPD had probable cause for the charge, "in the interest of justice and the promotion of free exchange of ideas, we will dismiss that charge for each protester arrested this past Tuesday."
By Wednesday morning, some of the protesters had been released from Louisville Metro Corrections on their own recognizance, with follow-up court dates set for October.
More continued to get released from the jail as morning turned to afternoon.
Yandy Smith also used Instagram to share photos of herself and others getting arrested outside Cameron's home.
Several local activists and leaders were also arrested, including Petia Edison with the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression as well as Knight Middle School Principal Jeronda Majors.
After getting released from Metro Corrections, Tamika Mallory wrote on Instagram Wednesday morning that about 20 of the protesters were out of jail. Until Freedom's lawyers " working with everyone arrested as part of our action," Mallory added.
Mallory said Stills and YBN Cordae were among the "many others" who had still not been released from Metro Corrections.
The group's attorneys and "legal observer team are tracking the release of all participants" and "will receive any complaints of abuse or misconduct. Our whole team will be here until everyone is free," Mallory added.
Demonstrations have continued to be held across the U.S. in a widespread call for justice to be brought forth for Taylor’s family.
The 26-year-old emergency room technician was fatally shot eight times after Kentucky police broke into her apartment with a “no-knock” warrant to carry out a drug raid. One of three officers involved was fired last month, and the two other officers have been placed on administrative leave, according to NBC News, but no one has been charged.
In a statement, the attorney general said he would not be influenced by the protests.
“From the beginning, our office has set out to do its job, to fully investigate the events surrounding the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. We continue with a thorough and fair investigation, and today’s events will not alter our pursuit of the truth,” Cameron said.
“Justice is not achieved by trespassing on private property, and it’s not achieved through escalation. It’s achieved by examining the facts in an impartial and unbiased manner. That is exactly what we are doing and will continue to do in this investigation.”
OP Note: It is very telling that police would rather arrest the protesters than Breonna Taylor's murderers. They already know the truth!