Texans WR Kenny Stills Arrested at Breonna Taylor Protest

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Houston Texans receiver Kenny Stills was arrested on July 14 in a protest at the home of Kentucky’s attorney general against the police killing of Breonna Taylor.

Stills was booked and charged with a felony for “intimidating a participant in the legal process.” According to Louisville’s jail booking log, Stills was booked at 11:36 local time on the evening of July 14.

Stills, 28, was also charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Including the Texans receiver, 87 protestors were arrested after marching to the home of Kentucky Attorney General David Cameron during a protest over the death of Taylor at the hands of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Taylor was a 26-year-old black EMT who was shot eight times in her Louisville apartment by plainclothes officers. The Louisville Metro Police officers were serving a no-knock search warrant for drugs at her apartment but no drugs were found.

Still was released from jail on July 15. “We just want justice,” Stills said in an Instagram Live video ensuring his safety after his release, “We just want Breonna Taylor’s killers arrested.”

According to Louisville Metro Police spokesman Lamont Washington, Stills and the other protestors were given a chance to leave Cameron’s home before being arrested. In a statement obtained by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Washington said the protestors were arrested and faced similar charges “due to their refusal to leave the property and their attempts to influence the decision of the Attorney General with their actions.”

Stills’ agent Ryan Williams issued a statement on his client’s arrest over Twitter. “Kenny Stills:  – stood on a lawn – asked for justice – got arrested,” Williams said, “Cops that killed Breonna Taylor: – kicked in her door – killed her – didn’t get arrested.”

The city of Louisville has experienced weeks of protests over the police shooting, as Attorney General Cameron has faced extensive criticism for not charging the three officers responsible for Taylor’s death.

Stills has a long track record of vocally supporting social initiatives against racial prejudice and police brutality. Last month, the Texans receiver participated in a march for Taylor at Kentucky’s state capitol and attended George Floyd’s funeral in Houston. Six days after attending Floyd’s funeral, Stills tweeted that he believes “Sports are a distraction from the movement.”

 

 

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