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LMPD: 11 arrests made in Saturday’s protests

The group called the NFAC joined Louisville activists to protest police brutality.
The group called the NFAC joined Louisville activists to protest police brutality.(WAVE 3)
Published: Jul. 25, 2020 at 1:54 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT/WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police said in an update Saturday evening that 11 people were arrested in the day’s planned protests.

According to WAVE 3 News, police said the five were arrested earlier in the day had been charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a highway, and menacing. Six more arrests were made after 5 Saturday evening.

Some of the protesters forced entry into one of the stadium gates of Lynn Family Stadium. Other protesters blocked the big four bridge with their vehicle.

Three protesters were arrested and charged after throwing bottles at police. Those charges include Interfering with a Governmental Operation, Fleeing and Evading, Wanton Endangerment, and Obstructing a Roadway.

Earlier in the day, three victims were taken to the hospital following shootings reported near Baxter Square Park.

LMPD interim chief Rob Schroeder released a statement saying three people had been hit by gunfire after a gun discharged during the NFAC demonstration.

Officers were already on scene at Baxter Square Park as protest groups were reported in that location.

WAVE 3 News reports that the victims were taken to University of Louisville Hospital with non-serious injuries.

Police confirmed the three people who were shot were members of the NFAC and that there are no suspects.

Hours after that incident, the leader of NFAC spoke to the crowd, explaining the group was there to help get justice in Breonna Taylor's death.

“If the powers that be, don’t come before you and announce arrests, now we caught them in a lie and we don’t like being lied to, because y’all are our family,” said the leader John Fitzgerald Johnson, also known as The Real Grandmaster Jay.

He says they are giving officials four weeks to complete the investigation.

A group of counter-protesters, known as the three-percenters, showed up to demonstrate.

"There are so many threats going around in this town because of NFAC coming in, and I was like 'well they have their first and second amendment right to come in, we can not stop them,it'ss their constitutional right', so we're just here to make sure everything remains calm," they said.

Both groups have previously claimed they want all of the demonstrations to remain peaceful.

Louisville Metro Police said in an update Saturday evening that five people had been arrested in the day’s planned protests.

Police said the five arrested had been charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a highway, and menacing. No other details were provided.

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