BLM Protest Shuts Down Bridge in Louisville, Police Arrest 43 Protesters
Louisville, KY – Protesters continue to use America’s roadways to stage demonstrations with the latest incident occurring on Monday in Louisville, KY.
According to multiple local news reports, dozens of protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Louisville chapter shut down the Clark Memorial Bridge for several hours.
A post on the BLM Louisville Facebook page with a video from the protest proudly stated, “Nice day to shut down the bridge.”
The protest began around 11 a.m. and came to an end at approximately 3 p.m.
Video from the scene shows protesters chanting, “This is what democracy looks like!” and “When black lives are under attack what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”
They also displayed a banner in memory of Breonna Taylor who was killed in her apartment by an Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officer on March 13, 2020 at approximately 1 a.m. while executing a no-knock warrant in a drug sting.
Authorities suspected a man involved in a drug ring was receiving packages of drugs at her home.
Taylor, who was 26 years old, was shot eight times during the raid.
Det. Brett Hankison, the officer who killed Taylor, has since been fired.
The banner in Taylor’s honor read, “They tried to bury me. They didn’t know I was a seed. Breonna Taylor. The revolution is now.”
During Monday’s planned protest, the LMPD was forced stop the flow of traffic in both directions as protesters congregated in the roadway.
LMPD also blocked an additional group of protesters from the Kentucky side from joining the demonstration.
LMPD reports a total of 43 people, three of which were juveniles, were taken into custody.
Additionally, 19 vehicles found to be blocking the roadway were towed from the scene.
Following the arrests, BLM-Louisville leaders demanded that Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer immediately drop all charges against protesters.
“We are still waiting on 3 comrades to be released,” a BLM-Louisville post said. “Please keep the pressure on Mayor Greg Fischer. Protesters need to be let go.”
Louisville has been a hot spot for protests and violence in the days since the death of George Floyd.
BLM’s Washington D.C. chapter has also advocated for shutting down highways.
In fact, the group promoted a planned protest on Juneteenth urging protesters to, “Shut down high traffic intersections, block highway onramps, and police stations.”
Just last week in Raleigh, NC a BLM group of protesters brought traffic to a crawl along I-40 in a slow roll demonstration.
Multiple local news outlets with reporters on the scene said “hundreds” of motorists participated by slowing their vehicles down to 10 m.p.h. while traveling in the westbound lanes.
The theme of the protest was “Slow Down to Stop Racism,” according to CBS 17.
Authorities reported traffic was backed up for 10 miles.
Three protesters were arrested during that demonstration.