Protesters in Louisville question why police fired tear gas before curfew Sunday, May 31 2020 

Authorities fired tear gas at peaceful protesters roughly 40 minutes before Mayor Greg Fischer's curfew set in.

Black Lives Matter Louisville holds ‘healing ceremony’ after three nights of protests Sunday, May 31 2020 

Healing and peace took center stage on the steps of the KFC Yum! Center Sunday afternoon.

Some Louisville area Walmarts close early in response to protests Sunday, May 31 2020 

An associate at the Walmart in Crestwood confirmed to WDRB that they closed at 5 p.m. Sunday night.

Kentucky Alliance calls for police accountability in Breonna Taylor case Sunday, May 31 2020 

The Kentucky Alliance is calling for a transparent investigation into Taylor's death and for the officers involved to be fired and charged.

Police Move On Protesters Prior To Curfew On Fourth Night Of Unrest Sunday, May 31 2020 

In a fourth consecutive night of protests in Louisville, hundreds filled Jefferson Square Park downtown shortly before the city’s temporary 9 p.m. curfew went into effect. The demonstrators were protesting the killing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in March by Louisville police, as well as other police killings of Black people like George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Protesters confront a line of police officers on Broadway on Sunday, May 31. 2020.

In the early evening Sunday, protesters moved between Broadway and Jefferson Square Park, occasionally blocking traffic. They chanted “hands up, don’t shoot,” while surrounded by about a hundred Kentucky State Police troopers in riot gear. Kentucky National Guard Humvees were present as well, and helicopters hovered overhead.

Around 8 p.m., protesters on bullhorns urged people with children under 12 to leave before the city’s curfew. Others appeared prepared to stay. The police declared the gathering an “unlawful assembly,” and around 8:20 p.m. tear gas filled the air.

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Protesters block traffic downtown. A driver raises his fist through his sunroof in solidarity on May 31, 2020.

At a briefing around 10:45 p.m., Mayor Greg Fischer accompanied by LMPD assistant chief of police LaVita Chavous addressed the question of why law enforcement began pushing back protesters with smoke and tear gas before the 9 p.m. curfew.

According to Chavous, law enforcement could deem the demonstration an “unlawful assembly” prior to curfew because the demonstrators didn’t have a permit and were blocking street access. She claimed that “people that were infiltrating the crowd for their own agenda.”

“We have allowed the no-street access simply to be accommodating to people and allow them to voice their opinions and views in a positive and peaceful way,” she said. “But I want you to know that LMPD could have legally taken those steps a lot earlier than we did. And it wasn’t until we became concerned for the safety of the community and the safety of our officers that we declared it to be an unlawful gathering.”

She said police witnessed people in the crowd with weapons, specifically leaf blowers and umbrellas that she said, “are oftentimes used to blow back chemicals into the police face, or to blow back the gas chemicals that we may use in an effort so that they can continue to be out there protesting and causing problems.”

On Twitter, Louisville Metro Council member Bill Hollander pushed back on some of Chavous’ comments.

“We can’t tell people to protest peacefully and, after the fact, say we can gas you anytime if you don’t have a permit,” Hollander tweeted. “The public deserves an investigation and report from an independent oversight system it can trust.”

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During the 10:45 p.m. briefing Chavous said they had, at that point, made more than 40 arrests. 

U of L basketball director of operations Kahil Fennell arrested at Breonna Taylor protest Sunday, May 31 2020 

Louisville men's basketball director of operations Kahil Fennell was arrested Saturday night in Louisville and charged with unlawful assembly.

       

WFPK Album of the Week The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form Sunday, May 31 2020 

Each week, WFPK features a new release with the Album of the Week. Listen for tracks on air and check out the audio and links here!

After two years and several delays The 1975 have finally presented their fourth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form.

And in case you had any doubts that The 1975 were going big on this one, the album boasts 22 tracks that cover everything from climate change to capitalism to mortality, but don’t worry—there’s plenty of humor and escapism too.

Frontman Matty Healy isn’t afraid to be experimental or even shocking, but still excels at playful love songs. The 1975’s Notes on a Conditional Form will no doubt please die-hard fans— and may even gain some converts along the way.

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Album available at Guestroom Records and Matt Anthony’s Record Shop.

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Black Lives Matter Holds ‘Healing Ceremony’ In Downtown Louisville Sunday, May 31 2020 

Black Lives MatterAfter three days of protests and police backlash, Black Lives Matter organizers in Louisville held a rally calling for Mayor Greg Fischer to fire officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Taylor was shot in her home by Louisville police officers serving a “no-knock” warrant on March 13. The officers have been put on paid administrative leave.

A group of more than 200 people gathered for a “healing ceremony” hosted by Louisville’s Black Lives Matter on Sunday afternoon outside the Yum! Center in the city’s downtown.

Keturah Herron, an organizer with the ACLU of Kentucky, said that the city needs to fire the officers involved in the shooting to begin the healing process.

“We have put a lot of demands in. And right now we’ve got our foot on their necks. And we are not going to stop,” Herron said.

The group’s organizers are also calling for state and local leaders to pass laws ending “no-knock” warrants. Louisville temporarily banned the practice after outrage sparked by Taylor’s killing.

The rally came amid days of protests following the deaths of Taylor and George Floyd, a black man brutally killed by police outside of Minneapolis last week.

Following nights of vandalism, Fischer imposed a 9 p.m. until 6:30 am curfew, which has been enforced by the National Guard, Kentucky State Police and local police patrolling downtown Louisville.

Law enforcement has been firing teargas and pepper-filled pellets against protesters — actions that have drawn scrutiny and criticism from witnesses who say they have been retaliated against without warning for protesting peacefully.

State Rep. Charles Booker, a Democrat from Louisville who is running for U.S. Senate, called for police to join protesters in condemning police violence.

“We pay for your jobs. We are your family, too,” Booker said.

“Instead of being adversarial, instead of being confrontational and lining up like you’re going to beat us up over the head, lock arms up with us, demand accountability from your colleagues in law enforcement.”

LMPD On Demonstrations: ‘This Is Now A Riot’ Sunday, May 31 2020 

Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD Training Division Commander Maj. Paul Humphrey said in a media briefing Sunday evening that the protests are now “a riot,” and anyone out demonstrating tonight should expect a similar law enforcement presence to last night.

The city is under a 9 p.m. curfew. Humphrey said the protests are no longer peaceful once protesters are violating the law including breaking the curfew.

“When you violate the law to make a statement, it puts people in danger and we have to take steps to stop that,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey said protesters have been using explosives like Molotov cocktails and fireworks against the police, and that officers have to defend themselves and the public when that happens.

In response to questions about whether officers should be warning protesters before deploying chemical agents like tear gas and pepper balls, Humphrey said the warning comes when police issue a declaration of an unlawful assembly and tell the crowd to disperse.

“Unfortunately, these situations are very chaotic,” Humphrey said. “Individual orders are very difficult to put out. Officers are wearing gas masks, there are a lot of people out there, there’s a lot of violence.”

“That order to disperse is that warning.”

Humphrey also addressed questions about police officers who confiscated water bottles and milk jugs from a protester supply pile on Saturday. He said the water and jugs are not simply supplies — they’re tools for violence.

Milk is used to dampen the effects of the tear gas, which is used to disperse the crowd, he said.

“If it was here for protesters expressing their rights peacefully, we’d provide them water and make sure they’re taken care of,” Humphrey said. “It’s used for refreshing people so that they can go back out and continue violence. We’re not going to allow that happen. We’re not just taking milk. We’re also taking bats, rocks and weapons they’re using as well.”

Mayor Calls For ‘Day Of Reflection’

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Fischer asked protesters to stay home tonight and join him tomorrow in a virtual gathering at 11:30 a.m. to honor Breonna Taylor, whose March shooting death by LMPD officers was the impetus for this week’s demonstrations.

Fischer said the day was originally planned to honor those lost to coronavirus, but he also wants to acknowledge all those grieving now for Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, among other Black people killed in recent weeks.

Fischer praised a Black Lives Matter protest held Sunday afternoon and said law enforcement will continue techniques that allow them to identify and arrest those violating curfew and inciting problems.

He also apologized to any peaceful protesters who were harmed by pepper spray and other police action, noting there’s “no upside” for the city to take willful moves against peaceful protesters.

“The people who are here to peacefully protest, we want you here,” Humphrey said. “However, this is now a riot. That’s what it’s turning into everywhere. We ask that you not participate in that, you do not hang around to observe, and you encourage those who are going to participate in it to leave. Stop that criminal behavior.”

Focus turns to cleanup after three nights of protests Sunday, May 31 2020 

Both city and community groups came out Sunday morning to clean up garbage, glass, and graffiti.

        

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