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Lexington protests relatively peaceful outside one incident

Posted at 8:24 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 20:24:49-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — For almost one week now protesters have been rallying against police brutality on the streets of Lexington.

Things have remained relatively peaceful here, but there was an incident on Monday night.

Lexington police say two teenagers are facing charges after two people were pulled from their car near Midland Avenue and Main Street and beat up. Police say 19-year-old Kaulbert Wilson and one other suspect jumped on another citizen's car. Five people were inside the car including three children. Police have released a video to help find the other suspect involved. Police say they broke a window of the vehicle after repeatedly striking it with a skateboard. The driver of the vehicle has a swollen eye and her husband has a concussion.

Sgt. Donnell Gordon with Lexington PD says events like this take away from the true purpose of the protest.

"When something like that happens when you have individuals that take away from the protests the conversation the next day isn't about the protest, it's about the individuals who were messing up," Gordon said. "So with that in mind, these leaders who have organized the protests need to have that in mind so the individuals involved in the protest aren't taking away from the message."

Although this one incident did happen, things have remained relatively peaceful. That's in part thanks to protest organizer leaders like April Taylor. She says she is working with younger protesters to keep things peaceful. Her message is to remain united and conflict-free.

"I think some young people are just more full of rage and need to express that, and there have been some young people that maybe need to tone it down just a little bit," Taylor said. "So we are trying to work with those young people and teach them ways that are maybe not so insightful to express that."