State Rep. Attica Scott was reportedly arrested on Thursday night in Louisville during protests following Wednesday’s announcement that no officers would be charged directly for Breonna Taylor’s death.
Ryan Van Velzer, a reporter for WFPL News, tweeted out video footage of what appears to be a protester shouting Scott’s name from the back of a vehicle.
On Thursday night, Scott was arrested with a handful of other protesters near First Unitarian Church and the Louisville Free Public Library.
“The Louisville Democrat, who has served in the legislature since 2017, has pushed for legislation outlawing no-knock warrants criticized by protesters,” according to the Associated Press.
Following the arrest, Democrat State Rep. Josie Raymond tweeted a plea for Scott’s release.
Scott announced she pre-filed legislation, called Breonna’s Law, to eliminate no-knock search warrants in Kentucky and to “increase police accountability,” according to her website.
“There was never a need for no-knock search warrants like the one used in Breonna’s case, and while this type of warrant is now banned here in Metro Louisville and appears to have little use elsewhere, I want to make sure statewide law keeps it from ever coming back,” the representative stated.
Witnesses at the scene stated that the police announced themselves upon entry into the premises, not utilizing the “no-knock” portion of the “no-knock” warrant that the police were serving. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday that the three officers were asked to serve the search warrant but had no prior involvement in the investigation.
“Evidence shows that officers both knocked and announced their presence at the apartment,” Cameron stated, adding that an independent witness corroborated that evidence.
The attorney general urged people to understand the gravity of the situation. “A human life was lost, and we cannot forget that,” he stated.
Following his announcement on Wednesday, Scott tweeted that Cameron “did not deliver justice today and neither did the grand jury” and vowed to pass Breonna’s Law for Kentucky.