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No arrests made in Sunday night protests across Lexington

Posted at 8:00 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 08:33:09-04

(LEX 18) — Here at LEX 18 News, we're following demonstrations across the Lexington area, Louisville, and nationwide.

Protesters are calling for justice after the deaths of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death when police entered her Louisville home with a no-knock warrant, and 46-year-old George Floyd, who died pleading with a Minneapolis police officer that he couldn't breathe while the officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

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9:22 p.m. -- Tanker barrels into crowd of protesters on Minnesota highway

A news helicopter showed a tanker truck barreling into a crowd of protesters on a Minneapolis highway on Sunday.

The protest marked the sixth straight day of unrest in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. Floyd died while in police custody on Monday after an officer held a knee against Floyd’s neck for nine minutes.

The news helicopter showed dozens of protesters swarming the tanker, with several protesters jumping on the hood of the tanker. As the crowd swelled, police rushed in and sprayed the crowd.

WCCO-TV reported that the tanker's driver was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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5:52 p.m. -- Devine Carama speaks out about nationwide protests and unrest

Heartbroken is the way community activist Devine Carama described his emotions reacting to the recent protests across the United States, including in Lexington.

“We’re angry. We're hurt. Not only to see these unarmed black people die by the hands of people who don't care about them but to see the pain and my people that are going through it. It just hurts my heart,” Carama said.

Protests in Lexington have been peaceful recently, but protesters and police have clashed in different cities during their protests, including in Louisville. Carama said he does not support the violence some are exhibiting but does stand with those who are raising their voices peacefully.

“If we don't want people marching and protesting then we got to fix the issues,” he said.

Watch the full interview here.