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Kentucky state Representative Attica Scott, who was arrested en route to a protest over the death of Breonna Taylor Thursday evening, challenged the Louisville Metro Police Department and prosecutors to "come up with some better lies."
Scott, who is the only Black woman in the Kentucky General Assembly, was arrested alongside her teenage daughter Thursday evening in the district she represents. In addition to two misdemeanor counts of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse, Scott was charged with first-degree rioting—a Class D felony and potential threat to her seat in the state legislature.
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Scott responded to the arrest Sunday during a protest following last week's grand jury decision not to indict the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Taylor, 26, last March. The Democratic lawmaker, who is author of "Breonna's Law," challenged LMPD in remarks to fellow protesters gathered in Jefferson Square Park Sunday: "[Better] come up with some better lies!"
"We all know that Breonna Taylor did not receive justice this week," Scott said, in comments first reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper Sunday afternoon. "We know that her family did not receive justice. This week we are disgusted and disappointed, but we are not surprised. And we are not deterred."
Scott vowed to fight "every single one of these bogus charges." She described to MSNBC Sunday how police circled around her and her daughter, Ashanti Scott, Thursday prior to curfew before arresting the two alongside 24 other protesters. Scott told AM Joy she's grateful to have been recording a livestream on Instagram at the time of her arrest, or she may have been charged with more crimes—or worse.
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Both she and her daughter were released from jail Friday morning, the Courier-Journal reported. Scott told Bloomberg last week federal, state and local authorities are scouring downtown Louisville.
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Newsweek reached out to Scott's office Sunday for additional remarks and any concerns about the felony charge for first-degree rioting.
Louisville Police issued a statement after the incident that accuses protesters of damaging property including city buses and the public library. In response, the public library union defended Scott by calling her a "vocal supporter of libraries and library workers."
Scott told MSNBC that heavily armed right-wing protesters who have also staked out portions of Louisville were not arrested or detained to her knowledge. She said this is not surprising because "they seem to work closely with the Louisville Metro Police Department."
Scott's legislation named for Taylor, "Breonna's Law," seeks to ban law enforcement use of no-knock warrants in Louisville. The law was approved by the city council in June and was signed afterward by Mayor Greg Fisher. She is currently pushing an effort to expand the law statewide.
Appearing at protests for months, the Kentucky state representative has repeatedly called for police to investigate their own department's conduct instead of hurting Black residents.
Taylor was shot six times shortly before midnight on March 13 inside the home of her boyfriend, who had exchanged gun fire with police. Following a long-awaited grand jury last week, only one officer was charged in connection with the incident. Brett Hankison, was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment because he fired several rounds into an adjacent home.
Newsweek reached out to LMPD for any additional remarks Sunday afternoon.
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