West End Magazine From 1970s Gets New Life In Revived Black Scene Millennium Wednesday, Oct 7 2020 

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Historical context is important to journalist Michael Jones, but he’s often found it lacking at Louisville media outlets. 

“The problem with the media is theres no institutional memory,” he said as someone who’s been a member of the “mainstream media.”


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Felony Riot Charges Dropped Against Rep. Scott, 17 Other Protesters Tuesday, Oct 6 2020 

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Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell dropped felony rioting charges against state Rep. Attica Scott and 17 other protesters who were arrested during demonstrations in downtown Louisville.

In an unusual move, O’Connell gave opening comments ahead of hearing the defendants’ pleas. He said some protesters destroyed city property that night, including throwing a flare into a public library. He also told the courtroom that it would be unjust to proceed with the riot charges without clear-cut evidence, and that he plans to review the remaining misdemeanor charges, but needs more time

Despite their recent arrests, Scott and the others are among the first of more than 700 protesters to be arraigned since demonstrations began in late May. O’Connell didn’t say why their cases were heard more promptly, amid a backlog of tens of thousands of court cases.


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The Toll Of Multiple Crises Weighs On Louisvillians. But With Trauma, There Are Inequities Tuesday, Oct 6 2020 

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New patient inquiries have “skyrocketed” at Bridge Counseling and Wellness in Louisville the past several months, according to therapist and Bridge’s community outreach director Laurel Sims-Stewart.

“I think weve also seen a lot of my colleagues in the field, not just at Bridge, [that] their established clients have an increased need for more frequent appointments, or maybe people staying longer in therapy than they would have planned,” Sims-Stewart said.


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George Rogers Clark Statue Vandalized In Downtown Louisville Monday, Oct 5 2020 

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The statue of George Rogers Clark at the Riverfront Plaza in downtown Louisville was vandalized overnight Sunday.

The vandalism is the latest in which statues have been covered in paint as a form of protest. Spray painted beneath Clark’s feet, was a message, “Stop White Washing Black History.”

Clark was a Revolutionary War commander who fought the British and led major expeditions that destroyed native Shawnee communities.


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Rep. Attica Scott: Protesters Targeted For Arrest As Political Retaliation Wednesday, Sep 30 2020 

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Anticipating the “potential for civil unrest,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer barricaded downtown, amped up law enforcement and implemented a dusk to dawn curfew ahead of a big announcement in the Breonna Taylor investigation.

In the days that followed, police arrested more than 200 protesters, including the state’s only Black female legislator, Rep. Attica Scott; her 19-year-old daughter, Ashanti Scott; and organizer Shameka Parrish-Wright with the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

The curfew ended Monday night, though the increased police presence and traffic restrictions downtown continued through Wednesday. Fischer said the curfew served its purpose to help keep people safe. 


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LMPD Officer Offers Firsthand Account Of Getting Shot Last Week Wednesday, Sep 30 2020 

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Louisville Police Major Aubrey Gregory heard what sounded like someone firing off an entire clip of ammunition, but he couldn’t tell where the gunfire was coming from.

It was dark. He and a team of officers were responding to a call of shots fired. They deployed to Brook Street and Broadway. Gregory had turned his back on the couple hundred protesters who stood nearby to issues instructions to his team, he said.

That’s when he heard the shots. He put his hand on his service weapon, but he never drew. The gunfire stopped. Gregory realized his hip felt like it was on fire, he said.


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Crowd-Control Weapons At Louisville Protests Prompt Ethical Discussions Wednesday, Sep 30 2020 

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Two hours before curfew last Friday, as a group of protesters marching east on Main Street approached an intersection, they suddenly found lines of Louisville Metro Police officers in riot gear on three sides.

Videos from the moment show protesters at the front of the group responding to being boxed in and scrambling to decide which way to go. Some shouted for fellow demonstrators to help remove children from the area as officers in riot gear approached from Hancock Street. Police declared an unlawful assembly from so far away that protesters couldn’t hear it, and they were firing flashbangs “to gain the attention of all involved” before the recorded message to disperse was over.

The use of non-lethal crowd-control weapons by law enforcement during protests in Louisville and across the nation has prompted discussions over the ethics and appropriateness of utilizing such tactics. Some experts say their use might be warranted, while others argue it’s unlikely to be the most effective way to de-escalate and prevent violence.


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Attorney For Anonymous Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Says Truth Needs To Come Out Tuesday, Sep 29 2020 

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One of the grand jurors who considered charges in the Breonna Taylor case wants a judge to let them speak publicly about the private proceedings that led to the indictment of one officer involved in Taylor’s death.

The anonymous juror filed a lawsuit Monday seeking the release of recordings and transcripts of the grand jury proceedings, and for a “declaration of rights” that would allow them and other jurors to discuss the deliberations related to the case without fear of repercussions.

“My client wants to make sure the truth gets out,” said Kevin Glogower, the juror’s attorney, during a Tuesday press conference at the Galt House in downtown Louisville. “This is an issue that is about accountability, it’s about public trust, and it’s about transparency.”


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Retiring Louisville Police Chief Faces Council Questions On Protest Response Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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In about four hours of open testimony to the Metro Councils government oversight committee, outgoing Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder painted a picture of stress and confusion that marked his brief tenure at the top of the department.

Schroeder, who has avoided speaking publicly to council under oath since early August, conceded Monday after an appeals court denial earlier in the day. Last week, a circuit court judge ruled he could have been held in contempt if he did not testify by Monday. He is set to retire Thursday.

Committee members say they intend to focus future investigative efforts on the shooting deaths of Breonna Taylor, killed by police, and David McAtee, killed by members of the National Guard. For now, the committee is focusing on the official response to protests following the deaths of Taylor and McAtee. After Schroeder retires, it is unlikely he will return since committee subpoenas may only apply to active city employees.


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Former LMPD Officer Indicted In Breonna Taylor Case Pleads Not Guilty Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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Former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison entered a plea of not guilty in his initial court appearance before a Jefferson County judge Monday afternoon.

The proceeding was conducted via telephone. Hankison was on the call.

Hankison is one of three officers who fired their weapons while participating in the March 13 raid that left Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, dead in her south Jefferson County home. He was fired by the Louisville Metro Police in June.


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