LMPD Place Physical Barriers At Occupy ICE Protest

Posted at 12:00 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 12:00:31-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3) – The Louisville Metro Police Department placed a physical barrier at the Occupy ICE protest in downtown Louisville on Thursday.

WAVE 3 News say LMPD began installing the barriers at 6 a.m. at Seventh and Magazine Streets. The barriers are to designate a pathway that police said must be kept clear to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Kentucky state law.

Police have made requests to clear the sidewalk and drawn a chalk line they said was largely ignored.

LMPD said a survey of the area showed public health concerns including handling human waste.

Protesters have been set up across from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building on Seventh Street since July 2.

The group is demanding the abolishment of ICE and the creation of state and local laws that are friendlier to immigrants, including those who are undocumented.

Instead of staying behind the barriers, the protesters may have called it quits. However, everyone in the camp refused to comment to WAVE 3, except one protester who responded to the question of if they were leaving, simply by saying "for now."

LMPD said the protesters are allowed to stay, they just have to be in compliance.