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Protests continue in downtown Lexington Sunday evening

Protesters outside the Fayette District Court. (WKYT)
Protesters outside the Fayette District Court. (WKYT)(WKYT)
Published: May. 31, 2020 at 7:21 PM EDT
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Protesters gathered in downtown Lexington Sunday evening, wanting to put a stop to police brutality and racial injustices.

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Earlier Sunday afternoon, dozens of people

The protesters are very vocal about what they want, but they’re also peaceful. The organizers have made it clear they didn't want to see any violence tonight and so far that’s been the case.

There has been a heavy police presence in downtown Lexington. Earlier Sunday night, they stopped at Triangle Park, one of several stops they’ve made tonight with their demands of police accountability.

Even though there’s been a lot of video nationally of these protests turning violent, that hasn’t been the case in Lexington. So far, over the past two previous nights, there’s been no arrests.

During that stop at Triangle Park, the organizers asked people to not destroy property, to not spray paint anything, to make their voice heard but not cause damage. And police have been actively shutting down roads, giving those protesters space.

So, both groups have been working together to keep this a peaceful protest.

While this protest is connected to the national movement demanding racial equality, there have been recent protests in Lexington for similar issues. Back in February of 2019, there were protests downtown because of the way a teen was treated when he was taken into custody at Fayette Mall. Some of the people connected that protest have been out this weekend.

WKYT’s Alex Walker is with protesters as they march down Lexington’s Main Street.

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