Democratic Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott (D) was arrested Thursday for participating in rioting in Louisville, Kentucky after a grand jury there decided not to charge three officers in connection with the death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in March.
According to the Daily Caller, Scott and her daughter were both charged with first-degree rioting, which is a Class D felony, as well as failure to disperse and unlawful assembly.
The Louisville Metro Police Department alleged that both women were part of a group that set a library on fire, then vandalized and damaged multiple other properties, according to the Daily Caller. One protester with the group was seen smashing a library window and throwing a flare into the building.
Notably, Scott introduced “Breonna’s Law,” which would ban no-knock warrants, to the state legislature during a recent session, as the Daily Caller reported.
“In pursuit of the truth”
Protests in Louisville have been ongoing since the grand jury findings were announced. Only one officer involved in the shooting that caused Taylor’s death was charged, and that was with wanton endangerment for shooting wildly into the apartment next door where three people resided, as The Washington Post reported.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said that the officers acted in self-defense after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot at them and wounded one officer.
“My role as special prosecutor in this case is to set aside everything in pursuit of the truth,” Cameron said during a press conference, according to the Wall Street Journal. “If we simply act on emotion or outrage, there is no justice.”
According to Business Insider, Walker claims that police did not announce themselves and that he thought they were breaking into the house to rob them, while police and at least one witness claimed that officers did announce themselves. The debate is ongoing, and violent protests are the result.
“In Breonna’s name”
Scott, for her part, was released from jail Friday and called her arrest “ridiculous” in remarks at Jefferson Square Park with lawyers for Taylor’s family.
“In Breonna’s name, neither I or my teenage daughter, who was arrested with me, would try to burn down a library that our people need,” Scott said, according to the local WDRB.
The library workers union has also come out in support of Scott. “We have seen no proof that the flare thrown into the library has done any major damage, nor that Representative Scott had anything to do with it, and find these accusations inconsistent with her character,” the union said in a statement to WDRB.
In all, 127 people were arrested Wednesday and Thursday during the riots, which police said covered several blocks and went on for an extended period of time, according to the Associated Press.