LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky lawmaker who spent a night in jail after her arrest during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor said Friday that she'll redouble her push for criminal justice reforms.
State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested and charged Thursday evening with first-degree rioting, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts: unlawful assembly and failure to disperse. The Black lawmaker on Friday called the charges “ludicrous" and said those arrested were “traumatized” by Louisville police.
“Right now I’m very disgusted and angry that LMPD (Louisville Metro Police Department) would levy these false charges against me ... and other folks," Scott told reporters.
While protesting again Friday night, Scott told a reporter her arrest was terrifying.
She was live-streaming at the time, and saying: “They’re going to kill us, they want to kill us,” and she believed that.
They marched through city streets peacefully Friday night, and as they neared an intersection it was jammed with police cars. Suddenly officers in riot gear appeared, holding batons, and they fired flash bangs at the crowd. Few knew what was happening or what caused the police to suddenly intervene.
The terror of the night before came surging back for Scott. Officers were lined up on either side of the block and it looked like demonstrators had nowhere to go. In the end, the police let them pass peacefully and the crowd headed back to the square.
Last month, the Louisville Democrat unveiled legislation she dubbed “Breonna's Law" that would ban no-knock search warrants in Kentucky and impose new requirements on police practices.