87 protesters who had gathered at the Kentucky attorney general's home to seek justice for Breonna Taylor were arrested and charged with crimes for attempting to intimidate the prosecutor, police said.
Social Justice Organization protesters Until freedom gathered to sit in the front yard of a house in Louisville that belonged to Kentucky Atty. General Daniel Cameron on Tuesday afternoon, news agencies reported.
They were arrested after refusing to go, and after being instructed not to resist by the protest organizers, they stood in line to wait for their transfer to prison.
Among those arrested were NFL player Kenny Stills, a broad recipient for the Houston Texans, and Porsha Williams of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Several of the demonstrators were released on Wednesday afternoon.
Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, was fatally shot when police broke into her Louisville apartment with a warrant in the early hours of March 13 during a drug investigation. The warrant to ransack her home was linked to a suspect who was not living there and no drugs were found inside.
The shootout sparked weeks of protests, policy changes, and an appeal to officials who shot Taylor to prosecute. An official was released, but no charges were brought. The investigation into the shootings continues.
Social media reported on Wednesday afternoon that he was “arrested for peaceful protests. While Breonna Taylor's killers are still on the street. "None of the Louisville officials involved in serving the arrest warrant with Taylor have been prosecuted.
Cameron, a Republican and the first African American attorney general from Kentucky, said Monday that he still had no schedule when his office would complete the investigation.
"We are here to hold Daniel Cameron accountable and ensure that he does his job because he does not do his job," said Linda Sarsour, co-founder of Until Freedom.
Demonstrators have been accused of "intimidating a trial participant," a Kentucky Class D crime that is sentenced to one to five years in prison after being sentenced. This charge is related to Cameron's role as prosecutor for the Taylor investigation.
The protesters were charged with a crime because the officials "heard them sing, if they didn't get what they wanted they would burn it down," the Louisville police said Wednesday afternoon in an emailed statement that they said referred to Cameron's house. "This was seen as an attempt to intimidate, persuade, or influence the Attorney General's decision," the statement said.
The Jefferson County Commonwealth law firm has not been consulted on the filing of the offenses, spokesman Jeff Cooke said on Wednesday.
Breonna Taylor in an undated photo.
(Courtesy of the Taylor family)
Cooke said a judge at the district court level would decide whether there was a probable reason to file the crime charge to a large jury. If the grand jury gives the indictment, the Commonwealth lawyer will take responsibility for law enforcement, he said.
The protesters have also been charged with disorderly behavior and crimes, both crimes, said Lamont Washington, spokesman for the Louisville Metro Police.
Cameron said the protest will not bring justice and "only serves to further divide and tension within our community."
"From the start, our office has set out to do its job to fully investigate the events surrounding Ms. Breonna Taylor's death," said the Attorney General. "We continue with a thorough and fair investigation and today's events will not change our pursuit of the truth."