Police in Louisville arrested Scott along with a handful of other protesters near the First Unitarian Church and the Free Public Library in Louisville on Thursday night, who were allegedly set on fire, according to a police report reviewed by WAVE. The state representative received a criminal charge of first-degree riots and two violations of non-dispersal and illegal collection, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. It is unclear whether Scott was released on bail or still in custody.
The protests began on Wednesday after three police officers involved in Taylor̵
Scott is among the loudest political voices in Kentucky calling for police accountability. In an interview with NPR this week, she said that justice “is hardly ever served when police kill black people”.
“Our call for action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not leave, that we will continue to demand the abduction of police and the dismantling of this police station because it is corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom up,” Scott added. . “And it can’t continue to function the way it does.”
Scott, who has been a state representative since 2017, previously filed a bill to end search orders without knocking on Aug. 16. The “Law of Breona”, which would force the police to knock and verbally declare, also requires a judge to approve the use of forced entry when issuing an order. In addition, police officers will have to activate the cameras on their bodies when they serve the order.
“Five minutes before you serve the order and five minutes after, those body cameras are better turned on,” Scott said when he announced the bill in August.
Scott also included a provision requiring police to be screened for drugs and alcohol after a fatal accident or after firing a gun while on duty.
“Honestly, I’m surprised this isn’t a standard operating procedure,” Scott said in a news release announcing Breona’s law.
It is unclear whether or when the Kentucky house will vote on the “Law of Breona.”
Two months before Scott introduced the legislation at the state level, the Louisville City Council unanimously voted to ban non-compliance orders.
“The bill I introduced, the Breona Kentucky Act, needs to be passed,” Scott told NPR. “It must pass so that what happened in the case of Breona Taylor does not happen again – that politics must change, because this system will not change unless the policies reflect what people want.