Protests planned near Churchill Downs on Derby Day

Posted at 11:14 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 23:16:48-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Multiple groups plan to protest near Churchill Downs Saturday to call for justice for Breonna Taylor.

Organizers have called for the Kentucky Derby to be cancelled while the Attorney General's investigation into the case continues and the Louisville Metro Police Officers involved in the raid where Taylor was killed have not been charged.

"We will not move on. We want justice for Breonna Taylor," Said Pastor Timothy Findley with the Justice and Freedom Coalition.

His organization, as well as groups like Until Freedom and No Justice No Peace Louisville plan to meet at South Central Park near Churchill Downs at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

At a news conference held by the organizations Friday morning, leaders criticized the presence of armored vehicles and fencing around Churchill Downs.

"That pattern is meeting peaceful protesters with over-militarization with provocation and a continued stoking of fear," Findley said. "I would remind everyone listening that there have been 100 days of protesting. The first two days were difficult days. Ninety-eight days have been peaceful," he said.

Louisville Metro Assistant Chief of Police LaVita Chavous said on Friday the safety measures around the track for the Derby are the same measures taken in previous years for "crowd control."

She said the police department has no intention of preventing people from legally protesting.

On the 100th day of protests calling for justice for Breonna Taylor in Louisville, organizers said the protests will continue until justice is served.