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BLOG: Day 6 | Peaceful protests continue as curfew hits

Most people that look like me don’t know their damn history... and if they did, maybe they would have more empathy.”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — 9:00 p.m.

The curfew has hit as dusk nears and protesters are continuing to gather peacefully at Jefferson Square in downtown Louisville and at 26th and Broadway in west Louisville. 

6:23 p.m.

One of the more intense exchanges between the crowd and the mayor came when he was asked about firing the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.  

Fischer says state law prevents the firing of the officers without a thorough investigation. 

"Here's what's gonna happen if they get fired -- if they should be fired," he says. "They will not go to jail. They will appeal that. They will be back on their job within one week with back pay with damages from the city. Because that's how the law works."

The crowd didn't like the answer and began pushing back. The mayor said if he could change anything he would. 

6:07 p.m. 

Fischer answered questions and one demonstrator asked the mayor if there would be an investigation of Metro Police after numerous scandals within the department. 

"I saw in the Breonna Taylor case. I asked the FBI, the U.S. Attorney, the attorney general to look at the case as well -- so I want full review of what's going on there. On the David McAtee tragedy the other night, Kentucky State Police is providing independent oversight as well. In our search process for the new police chief, this isn't public but we're putting in a request for a proposal on it tomorrow (June 3) -- we're doing a top to bottom review of our police department by outside folks that have knowledge with the federal government, local governments so they can analyze what our department is. The federal government comes in when they feel like you're out of control. If they wanted to come in, I'd welcome them in just like I've welcomed these other investigations."

6:04 p.m.

Mayor Greg Fischer showed up to Jefferson Square Park to share a message with the crowd. 

"150 cities across America speaking out for justice and speaking out for truth about things that have been way to damn long and coming. The way I look at this right now, if this isn't a wake up call for the United States of America we need a gut check of what we think our country is," he said. "Because this is what our country is -- the messages is in the protests that are taking place right now. Four-hundred years has led up to this frustration that won't be contained anymore. So will people that have the ability to change and I'm just not talking about elected officials, will they have the guts to make the change that is long overdue." 

5:20 p.m.

More than 300 protesters have return to Jefferson Square for a 6 night of protests in downtown Louisville. 

3:45 p.m. 

el press conference to discuss “moving beyond the protests” and ways to get out to vote during the pandemic and political unrest

The National Action Network’s Louisville chapter says many citizens are confused about Kentucky’s primary and general election process and need clear answers.

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