Crowds meet for 9th night of protests in downtown Lexington
For the 9th consecutive night, crowds are meeting in downtown Lexington to peacefully protest, calling for an end to police brutality and racial injustices.
Before they marched, folks gathered for a peaceful prayer rally. Protesters began in the early evening, hoping to avoid some of the heat.
Families, church members, leaders, and children were all in attendance. They say now is the time for hard conversations.
"We just believe the Black community is hurting and right now there's a saying that keeps going out with 'All Lives Matter', and that's true but right now 'Black Lives Matter' because they're not feeling that same love and respect," said Spencer, who attended the rally.
Once again, they packed Courthouse Plaza, learning new chants. Organizers also read a list of demands for the Lexington Police Department. They say they will release a video explaining those demands in-depth on Sunday.
People protesting also stopped by several businesses to chant, making sure their message would be heard loud and clear.
What started calmly early Saturday evening quickly escalated around 10 p.m. Police say an altercation between a passenger of a car and another individual took place. The victim received minor injuries, according to police. It is not known if any charges are being pressed.
Protesters say that there no scheduled end to these protests and that they will show up, rain or shine.