BLM Folks Sought Sanctuary in a Church In Louisville After Curfew, Riot Declared, and Had a Really Ugly Moment

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There was rioting for a second night in Louisville after the decision by the grand jury in the case of the killing of Breonna Taylor.

As the curfew of 9 p.m. drew closer, some of the BLM folks were trying to avoid getting arrested. The curfew requirements provide that it “does not apply to people commuting to work, house of worship for services or seeking medical attention for themselves or others.”

So the First Unitarian Church basically offered them a place to run to and have sanctuary at to beat the curfew.

From WFPL:

Officers already had a large presence on Fourth Street. According to LMPD, protesters vandalized at least one business along Fourth Street and some TARC buses. But the most serious incident took place at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library near the church. A WFPL reporter heard a window smash then saw a flare lobbed into the building.

So the police then followed the group to the church and there were some tense moments as the police surrounded the area and made some arrests.

There was also another really ugly moment when the BLM folks were at the church where the white people were told to leave, including the press, and threatened with assault.

Warning for language.

Ultimately, the police negotiated with the folks at the church that people would stay on the sidewalk and leave to go home, likely after they arrested whoever they thought they needed to.