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Armed protesters heighten tension in Kentucky

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/25/20, 10:13 pm

About 350 armed African American militia members marched in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday to protest how the city has handled the killing of Breonna Taylor. In March, police shot Taylor while serving a no-knock search warrant at her home. The city fired one officer involved in the shooting but has not charged any of the police involved them with a crime. Members of a far-right militia also held a counterprotest in downtown Louisville on Saturday.

Did anyone get hurt? Three people were injured in an accidental shooting in a park where the black militia members gathered before their march. But the two opposing groups remained peaceful as they converged downtown. Both sides said they did not want violence.

Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s column about life of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man whose death set off a wave of anti-police protests.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • MikeD
    Posted: Sun, 07/26/2020 09:30 am

    The Second Civil War has begun.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 02:19 pm

    Not quite, but it won't take a lot to trigger it. 

    I'm gonna say, I think a bunch of armed Black protestors and a bunch of armed White protestors could probably find they have a LOT more in common philosophically, if they could just get together and talk. There are many threats to this representative republic and its freedoms, but the fact of some people being armed and determined to protect their families is not necessarily one of those threats. 

  • RC
    Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 09:44 am

    The problem is not the armed, but peaceful “left” and “right”.  It is the armed insurrectionists who sneak in on both sides and start firing off rounds to enrage the rest. Then the insurrectionists sneak away to avoid the enviable blood bath. Americans have the right to protest, but thanks to the insurrectionist starting the violence, you better be prepared to die if you participate or observe from the street.

    Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 01:37 pm

    Do you mean "inevitable bloodbath"? The insurrectionists may consider the bloodbath something to be envied, but I doubt that anyone else does.

    Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 04:04 pm

    I wonder how many are illegally holding firearms.

    Who counts these people? Count off? What? One...Two...Three...

    The media has one of those handheld counters and counts them as they march by?

    Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 04:07 pm

    They are not defending their homes. So they should be rounded up and fingerprinted just in case. 

    The Dem. police arrest a white guy for defending his home by holding a rifle. 

    These guys are armed for trouble. That has got to be against the law.

    Are they there to defend our country or to tear it down?