Drop the Charges Against BLM Protest Organizers in Lexington, KY

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January 6, 2021 will forever be marked as the day the world bore witness to the complicit actions of law enforcement and police in defending, maintaining, and participating in racism/white supremacy. As hundreds of white people stormed the capital in a riot of insurrection, they were allowed to leave the crime scene without arrest. While the past several days have held headlines of people being arrested from across the country for their participation in Wednesday's attempted coup, people across the globe witnessed officers holding open barricades, taking selfies, and now reports have emerged from capital officers of fellow police flashing their badges as they were breaking into the capital. Social media and mainstream media have highlighted the stark difference in police response to BLM protests occurring across the country versus their lack of response in using tear gas, rubber bullets, force, and lack of arrests. 

Over the summer of 2020, Lexington Police Department targeted local organizers and arrested 20 people for doing a nonviolent “die-in” at the police station. A month later, they arrested protest organizers for crossing the street. Unlike other cities across the country, no property was damaged during Lexington’s nonviolent protests and no police officer faced assault or injury from protest participants.

If you believe in justice, if you believe that America can transcend our historical divisions along racism/white supremacy, join in the call demanding all charges against those arrested June 13, 2020 and July 11, 2020 be dropped.

Follow Cooperation Lexington, Peoples Blueprint, and LPD Accountability for updates on court cases and the continued fight for #LPDAccountability. 

https://www.lpdaccountability.com/blog/lexington-police-department-arrests-peaceful-demonstrators