Most of those arrested live in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Although Louisville officials and their counterparts across the country have often blamed “outsiders” for damaging their towns in recent protests, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Sunday that most of those arrested were living in Louisville.
The six people arrested during Friday’s Breonna Taylor protests are residents of Louisville, according to their arrest citations. And of the 40 to 50 people arrested on Saturday night, Fischer said Sunday night, “the vast majority of them, as I understand it, are from Louisville.”
Quotes related to each of Saturday’s arrests, which would identify the suspects’ place of residence, were not available on Sunday. A representative from the clerk’s office said he believed they would all be available the next day.
However, of the quotes available Sunday night, the majority were from people living in Louisville. Residents of Elizabethtown and Frankfort were also arrested, according to quotes on Saturday, along with three people from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cases of looting marred Friday night’s protests, leading officials to call the National Guard on Saturday and impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew. But Mikel Carter, 26, of Louisville, was the only person charged in reports of looting arrests that evening.
Police, who responded to a report of looting at an address linked to a Broadway cash advance business on Saturday just after 2:30 a.m., said they saw him leave the building with arms full of goods. He was caught trying to flee the scene, according to his arrest warrant, and the merchandise was recovered.
Carter has been charged with third degree burglary and a number of other minor charges. He was the only person arrested in a looting following Friday’s protests – all others are accused of refusing to follow dispersal orders and have been charged with unlawful assembly.
Steven Holliger, 44, faces an additional charge of disorderly conduct. His arrest quote stated that he refused to leave the street after being ordered to do so and attempted to cross a police line.
Four others – Cody Carson, 25, John Stephenson, 26, Jessica Arrington and Betheny Patrick – face a single charge of unlawful assembly after police say they did not disperse when approached asked to do so. These four were arrested by the same officer at the same time (10:15 p.m.) at the same location (Jefferson Park), and their arrest citations, which indicate that they did not disperse after being ordered to do so. , are almost identical.
Arrington came to the protest alone on Friday. She was arrested at 10:15 p.m. and released the next day at around 1:00 p.m., she said, after spending much of the night in a holding cell.
Dozens more were arrested during Saturday night’s protests.
“It’s punitive,” she said on Sunday. “They’re trying to keep us in there, in the coronavirus situation, punitively, as we protest peacefully. Maybe it was during a riot, but we’re not rioting, and they know it. , and I can’t kiss my 5 year old. “
His lawyer, Karen Faulkner, told the Courier Journal that they plan to fight the charges.
Fischer and Louisville Police initially said they believed the damage that took place downtown on Friday was caused by protesters from out of town who had come to Louisville.
They said they determined this, among other things, by looking at license plates and following social media posts.
These outsiders will not be there to rebuild after the protests, Fischer said.
Across the country, where protests erupted against the murders of Taylor, George Floyd in Minneapolis and others, other city leaders have also issued statements indicating that out-of-city protesters were causing the most serious damage.
Taylor, a 26-year-old unarmed black woman, was shot and killed by police on March 13 in her Louisville apartment.
Several downtown businesses, including the Omni Louisville Hotel, Eddie Merlot’s steakhouse and CVS on Fourth Street, were damaged and looted Friday night and early Saturday, and many other buildings were vandalized, with windows broken and overturned planters throughout the region. Other buildings in the area were damaged on Saturday, although looting does not appear to be a problem.
This story has been updated with the name of a previously unidentified person who was arrested.