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Protests continue in Lexington for eighth straight night

Posted at 8:28 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 23:35:40-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — On the day that would've been Breonna Taylor's 27th birthday, protesters gathered to protest against police brutality for the eighth straight night.The protests are in the wake of the recent deaths of Taylor and George Floyd.

To honor Taylor, protesters gathered together and chanted "Say her name" followed by "Breonna Taylor." Protesters also sang happy birthday to Breonna Taylor.

Protest leaders reminded protesters to stay peaceful and not to argue amongst each other. So far, protests in Lexington have remained relatively peaceful outside of one incident.

Night No. 8 of protests in Lexington is also the second night that police set up barricades to prevent protesters from getting to close. Police are also not wearing riot gear for the second straight night.

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At one point, protesters took a knee for eight minutes underneath a portrait of Breonna Taylor that hangs above the bus station on Vine Street. The eight minutes represents the eight times Taylor was shot by police.

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When protesters marched by the Kentucky Theater, employees of Kentucky Theater held up their fists in solidarity.

Among the protesters were a handful of children. Parents said this is an important message to teach their kids and that it is important that they see what is going on as it will likely be remembered for a long time in history.

There was some hostility between protesters and some people that were having some drinks at Centro Cheapside. A protester wanted them to join the march.

Around 11:30 p.m. protesters returned to police headquarters and tried to get officers to dance with them. They smiled and kindly denied, and then started handing out popsicles to the crowd.

One of the officers, however, decided to accept the challenge.