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Crime Man Asked for $30,000 to Shoot Louisville Police Officers on Facebook Live, Authorities Say

13:41  28 september  2020
13:41  28 september  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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LOUISVILLE , Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville man has been arrested by federal authorities for allegedly asking for $ 30 , 000 to shoot Louisville Metro Police officers while waving a pistol on Facebook Live . In a news release, the United States Attorney's office said during a Facebook Live on Sept.

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a car stopped at a traffic light at night: Police vehicles sit parked in an intersection on September 23, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Mayor Greg Fischer mandated a city-wide curfew restricting protestors from gathering between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. © Brandon Bell/Getty Images Police vehicles sit parked in an intersection on September 23, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Mayor Greg Fischer mandated a city-wide curfew restricting protestors from gathering between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Cortez Lamont Edwards, of Louisville, went live on Facebook on September 23 while in possession of an AR variant pistol, according to the criminal complaint.

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In the video, Edwards, 29, said he was requesting the money to shoot officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) who were in the street in front of his residence during a disturbance, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky.

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Cortez Lamont Edwards, of Louisville, went live on Facebook on September 23 while in possession of a gun, authorities said. Oldham County Detention Center © Oldham County Detention Center Cortez Lamont Edwards, of Louisville, went live on Facebook on September 23 while in possession of a gun, authorities said. Oldham County Detention Center

An investigation revealed Edwards is a convicted felon and he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Marshal Service, Federal Protective Service as well as officers and detectives from the LMPD executed a search warrant on Edwards' home on Sunday.

They found him sleeping on a couch in the living room, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman's office said. They also found a gun on that couch, and a toddler in a playpen.

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Louisville Metro Police officers fatally shot a man Friday night in Pleasure Ridge Park who was the suspect in a “domestic trouble incident” and carrying ammunition on him when he refused repeated commands from police to show his hands, officials said Saturday.

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"Louisville needs healing and safety for its citizens, not armed felons seeking bids to shoot police," Coleman said in a statement. "Federal law enforcement here will continue to respond as one to swiftly mitigate threats to our city."

After Edwards' arrest was announced, the LMPD thanked authorities on Twitter.

"Thanks so much for your support. The actions of this person were unacceptable!" The department said.

"Threats against law enforcement are unacceptable," added Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF's Louisville Field Division. "When you threaten police and brandish firearms, you can expect the attention of ATF."

If convicted, Edwards could face up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Two LMPD officers were shot and injured on the night of September 23 after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said a grand jury investigation found the use of force in Taylor's death was justified.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical worker, died after she was shot multiple times by white police officers who entered her apartment during a narcotics investigation in March.

One officer involved in the incident, Brett Hankison, was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment for bullets that were fired into the apartment of Taylor's neighbors. The other two officers were not charged.

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Breonna Taylor neighbor wants to know why cop wasn't charged for shooting into his unit .
"If that bullet went through my bed maybe I would have been dead too," Breonna Taylor's neighbor Stanley David said.One punched through the hallway. The other passed right in front of his bedroom door, roughly 5 feet from where he was sleeping.

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