Night protests remain peaceful after afternoon of tension between demonstrators, police



Mayor Greg Fischer is providing an update in the player above.

WLKY Chopper HD is flying over another day of protests. Here's what we've seen so far on Monday. Overall, the tone has been more aggressive than in recent days.


Officers in riot gear lined up downtown around 5:20 p.m. when they were quickly met by a line of protesters.


The officers backed up to a parking lot where they were face-to-face with a line of people.

At West Jefferson and Ninth streets, protesters threw landscaping cinder blocks into the road and moving signs to block vehicles from getting through.

One person threw a block at a WLKY vehicle's windshield as our staff sat inside.

We watched a truck drive clear through the grass with nowhere else to go.

Around 6:10 p.m., multiple TARC buses were stuck behind each other, unable to get through where protesters had set up cones. They have since moved, it appears.

Several people are just walking into the middle of intersections, but the crowds remain sparse. No big masses as we've seen some days.

Around 7 p.m., LMPD said it was sending SWAT to where people are stuck in vehicles.

Then, around 7:30 p.m., LMPD warned people should stay out of the area due to "aggressive" and "violent" behavior from some demonstrators. Police in riot gear moved toward the intersection were much of the action has been at W. Jefferson and Ninth.

Since then, we've seen them move up to Jefferson Square.

Protests continued through 10 p.m. as caravans continue to move through Jefferson Square and surrounding areas.

Mayor Fischer held a 10:30 p.m. press conference to talk about the violence earlier this evening and the police action. He even says protesters helped police defuse a situation downtown that threatened to turn violent.

As the night wore on protest remained peaceful in downtown Louisville.

Night protests remain peaceful after afternoon of tension between demonstrators, police Night protests remain peaceful after afternoon of tension between demonstrators, police Reviewed by Anson Moore on June 16, 2020 Rating: 5

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