Kentucky burglaries being redefined as “looting” due to Louisville protests – here’s why

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, KY– Since protests began in Louisville in early June, police in Jefferson County, have seen looting several miles away in its suburbs.

The problem here is, it is either people filtering over directly from the protests, or it is people just down right taking advantage of the fact that police are spread thin, trying to handle the chaos going on due to the protests. 

Either way, it is certain that it correlates to the surrounding protests taking place in Louisville, in one way or another.

Police reported that a group of people in their twenties who robbed an athletic clothing store miles away from the downtown demonstrations in southern Jefferson County were looting.

According to Wfpl, all four accused of breaking into the City Gear store on Cane Run Road were charged with third degree burglary, because Kentucky doesn’t have any criminal statutes about “looting”.

But looting is how the police described the crime, and with just cause. 

The actual definition of Looting is: 

“LOOTING: also known as stealing, refers to the act of stealing, or taking of goods by force, in the midst of a military, political, or other social crisis, such as war, natural disasters (where law and civil enforcement are temporarily ineffective), or rioting.”

Although Kentucky does not have “looting” listed as a crime, it is completely evident, based off the chaos ensuing just a few miles away, that it is exactly what it should be classified as. 

As the Louisville riots have been raging all summer long, Louisville Metro Police have made at least 46 arrests for the charge of burglary. The police department is attributing this as a direct link to the protests, for good reason.

Dana R. Fisher, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, said:

“This is all about legitimizing a story that’s being constructed and providing capacity to legitimize using excessive force against protesters, and most people who protest are peaceful.”

While in the past most “protests” and “protesters” may have been peaceful, the demonstrations we have been seeing since the death of George Floyd in May, are nothing short of riots taking place by rioters. This is a massive group of people who use social justice as an excuse to cause violence, destruction, and yes, loot. 

Wfpl reported that the arrests generally came in clusters — four people arrested on May 31 after allegedly breaking-in to a Sprint store on Bardstown Road; four others on June 2 at the City Gear store, which is nearly eight miles from downtown Louisville; seven more were arrested in the early hours of June 3 at a Walgreens in Chickasaw; then two people were accused of “actively stealing” soap, toilet paper and tobacco products from a Family Dollar in Shawnee; six people were arrested in far eastern Louisville on June 4 after allegedly smashing into a jewelry store in Lyndon.

That is a tremendous amount of people looting in less than one week. 

Police had claimed that the looting had subsided somewhat, until last week that is. 

What caused the uptick in looting again? The judgement that was handed down in the Breonna Taylor case. As we have seen in many cities across the country, riots reignited at full force, as even more people took to the streets to cause damage and destruction. 

The day following the judges decision, LMPD Chief Robert Schroeder claimed that sixteen instances of looting had occurred “outside of the downtown area.”

Can anyone really think that is a coincidence? 

No arrests were made in any of the looting instances. When asked for a comment Shroeder said:

 “we don’t know if they were protest related or not or if they were merely people taking advantage of the situation.”

Jessie Halladay, an LMPD spokesperson, said police have no evidence that the protesters are the ones who are carrying out the looting, but rather, may be people just taking advantage of the situation and using this opportunity to their advantage.  

In a press conference on June 4th, Lt. Col. Josh Judah linked the looting directly to the protests, saying:

“What’s happening in our city after demonstrators disperse is violent, aggressive, destructive looting. It’s unacceptable.”

While some may claim that the looting taking place several miles away is unrelated to the protests, it is impossible to believe that the looting that is taking place just a few miles away is not a direct result of the fact that Louisville is in complete turmoil. 

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LOUISVILLE, KY – Protesters have filled the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, since the grand jury declared that the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor were justified since they were being shot at by her boyfriend.

People who must certainly believe that officers should not be able to return fire have shown up in droves since Sept. 23, when the verdict was rendered. Reports are now coming out that the protesters want to shut the city down.

Protesters and police clashed Sept. 25 after hundreds of people, some armed, were involved in an assembly that the Louisville Metro Police Department deemed unlawful. 

When the protesters refused to disperse as ordered, the police used flashbangs to move the crowds along and keep them on the sidewalks. 

USA Today reported:

“About two hours before the city’s 9 p.m. curfew went into effect, a clash between police and protesters had already occurred as police used flash bangs to disperse a crowd, briefly blocked the route of a march, arrested two people and declared an unlawful assembly.

In a statement, police said the incident occurred because people did not get on the sidewalk when asked to allow traffic to flow.”

These protests happened after two Louisville Metro Officers had been shot  Sept. 23 in the line of duty.  One of the officers who was shot was able to return to duty the next day, the other is listed in stable condition after having had surgery.

Protesters announced Sept. 25 that they were in the city to close it down for business.  One protester allegedly said:

“We’ve come to shut this entire city down.”

A protester with a bullhorn was heard warning people to reconsider staying past the 9 p.m. curfew if they have any pre-existing conditions or did not want to be arrested.  He then added a chilling thought for those who were willing. He said:

“We are going to war tonight.”

The reason has nothing to do with “justice” for Breonna Taylor. It is because they do not feel that local business owners are doing enough to support the Black Lives Matter political movement.  So, in order to make sure that these businesses are woke, they planned to storm through, as they have done in Washington, D.C., and Texas.

Reporters on the ground noted that a large portion of the protesters ignored the 9 p.m. curfew that had been put in place before the grand jury decision was rendered. Despite the curfew, it appeared that police allowed protesters to do what they wanted and walk back to their cars without getting arrested.

Protesters complained when officers utilized less-lethal munitions and chemical agents to force them back into compliance with the law.

Hindering the police efforts in direct opposition to the law, a local church offered “safe space” to the protesters.

The First Unitarian Church in Louisville invited protesters and rioters onto their grounds to offer them refuge and free food. In doing so, they also aided and abetted criminals by helping them evade arrest.  A member of the misguided church said:

“We are offering a sanctuary space here because we feel like we need a space of love.”

The city’s curfew has been in place since the weekend before the grand jury decision was announced.  Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer has extended the curfew through this weekend. 

Only one of the officers involved, Officer Brett Hankison, was indicted for his role in the execution of a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment. Hankison, who was fired earlier this year, was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.  His bond was set at $15,000. 

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were not indicted by the grand jury.

For the past week, Louisville has been gearing up for the likelihood of “unrest” from the decision.

 

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