Felony Charges Dropped Against 87 Breonna Taylor Protesters Arrested In Kentucky AG Court

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Felony charges have been dropped against 87 people who were arrested this week on the Kentucky attorney general’s lawn as they protested the response to Breonna Taylor’s death, the top local prosecutor said Friday.

The charge, intimidating a participant in legal proceedings, was reasonable, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said in a statement. But “in the interest of justice and the promotion of the free exchange of ideas, we will dismiss this accusation for every protester last Tuesday,” he said.

Protesters gathered in Louisville, Kentucky to demand the arrest of three plainclothes officers involved in the death of Taylor on March 13. Taylor was fatally shot when officers served an arrest warrant at her Louisville home. Her boyfriend, who believed their apartment was broken into, opened fire, injuring an officer. Taylor, 26, was shot down eight times in back hail.

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The LMPD stands guard outside the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron as protesters sit in his yard Tuesday afternoon.Matt Stone / Courier Journal via Imagn

A wrongful death lawsuit brought by Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer claims the drugs were not found in his home.

On Tuesdays, protesters marched from a high school to the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron where they sat on his lawn.

Police have arrested nearly 100 people, including “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Porsha Williams and NFL player Kenny Stills, according to NBC WAVE branch of Louisville.

Other charges against the protesters, including disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, are still pending, said O’Connell.

“Officers need to make the best possible decisions with the information they have at the time, and we appreciate the county attorney’s agreement that the officers in this case had probable reasons to lay the charges they have laid.” said Jessie, a spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police Department. Halladay said in a statement.

The felony charge alarmed the Kentucky ACLU.

Corey Shapiro, the group’s legal director, said on Tuesday he believed Louisville police were using the measure in an attempt to silence the protests.

“This action is an exaggerated, scandalous and inappropriate reaction to a community which is rightly upset by the delay of its government in holding the police to account,” Shapiro said by email. “The only purpose these accusations seem to serve is to potentially chill the free speech rights of protesters. “

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