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Protesters walk underneath the Galt House in Louisville on Wednesday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police arrested a high-profile Louisville Democratic state lawmaker and a well-known Black activist Thursday night as protests for Breonna Taylor continued in downtown Louisville.

State Rep. Attica Scott and Shameka Parrish-Wright were among the protesters arrested Thursday, according to an arrest record Louisville police released Thursday night. 

Scott's daughter, Ashanti Scott, was arrested alongside them. 

All three are charged with first-degree rioting — a felony — along with failure to disperse and unlawful assembly, both misdemeanors.

"The allegations are outrageous on their face," said Ted Shouse, Parrish-Wright's lawyer.

Police arrested at least 24 protesters, LMPD said late Thursday. All but one of them were arrested near the Louisville Free Public Library on York Street.

At about Louisville's 9 p.m. curfew, someone broke a window at the library and threw a flare into the building, Courier Journal reporter Sarah Ladd said. 

Shouse said neither Parrish-Wright nor Scott had anything to do damaging the library. 

"If you arrest the loudest voices fighting racial injustice in Louisville, we have to believe you want to silence the fight against racial injustice," State Rep. Josie Raymond tweeted Thursday night, calling for Scott and Parrish-Wright to be released. 

Officials with LFPL's union, AFSCME Local 3425, published a Facebook post early Friday morning defending Scott and "other peaceful protestors" who were accused of vandalism.


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