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Lexington police investigating alleged assault during Monday's protests

Posted at 9:33 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 08:33:40-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Police say they are investigating an assault on civilians that occurred during Monday night's protests.

According to police, a group of protesters surrounded and attacked a vehicle that was driving on Midland Avenue toward Main Street. The driver and his wife were both pulled from their car and beaten by three men. One man, 19-year-old Kaulbert Wilson, was arrested.

Police believe the man in the photo below (far right) was also involved in the alleged assault. They are working to identify him.

Wilson attended Wednesday night's protest after he was released from jail. He said he felt he was being targeted by police for his prominent role in the protests and he was committed to keeping protests peaceful.

An attorney for Wilson, Daniel Whitley, was also present at the protest. He said he's working to learn more information about the case.

"I think a lot of times in our community we jump to assumptions and we judge people based off how they're reacting in public but we don't understand the pain they're suffering and why they're reacting the way they are," said Whitley. "This young man's been through a lot, he feels like he's been targeted by the police for quite some time and we'll get to the bottom of it. I just appreciate everyone's confidence that we can work the case out in court."

The driver suffered a concussion and his wife suffered a swollen eye. The victims' three children were also in the car at the time of the assault.

It's unclear if there is video of the alleged assault.

Lexington police released a video that shows Wilson and another one of the suspects jumping on another citizen's car.

Anyone with information about the incident or knows the identity of the people involved is asked to contact police.