Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills was arrested Tuesday along with 86 other people who were protesting Breonna Taylor’s death at the hands of Louisville police.
According to Lucas Aulbach of the Louisville Courier Journal, Stills was one of more than 100 people who marched from Louisville’s East End to the newly purchased home of Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s Attorney General. Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Lamont Washington said that all protesters were asked to leave Cameron’s property, and those who didn’t were arrested.
Stills was arrested Tuesday afternoon and entered into the local jail’s booking log just after midnight. He and the 86 other protesters were charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process, which is a felony, plus misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday morning.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black ER technician, was shot and killed by Louisville police in March while sleeping in her apartment. Narcotics officers were serving a no-knock warrant, but found no drugs on the premises. One of the officers involved in the incident has been fired. The other two remain on the force.
Cameron, as well as Louisville mayor Greg Fischer, have been facing constant calls to reform the police and charge the three officers with murder. Cameron has been conducting an investigation, but has not said when he expects it to be complete. He has yet to charge any of the officers with murder and it’s unclear if he will.
Stills is a longtime and outspoken supporter of Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement. He followed Kaepernick’s lead and knelt in protest during the national anthem in 2016, and received death threats for it. In an interview with The Undefeated in 2019, he said “injustice to one person is injustice to all. If they’ll do that to Kap, they’ll do it to any of us.”
Stills’ agent at Athletes First posted a tweet Wednesday afternoon in support of his client.
- stood on a lawn
- asked for justice
- got arrested
Cops that killed Breonna Taylor:
- kicked in her door
- killed her
- didn't get arrested@KSTiLLS has officially spent more time in jail fighting for justice than the known killers who killed Breonna Taylor.
— Ryan Williams (@RyanWilliamsA1) July 15, 2020
Stills himself tweeted an hour later. He posted his mugshot, which shows him wearing a shirt supporting the arrest of the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.
“Good trouble” with my brothers and sisters- organized by @untilfreedom.
Arrested for peacefully protesting. While Breonnas Taylor’s murderers are still out on the street.#ArrestTheCops #JusticeForBreonna#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/GmJUjl7Ezv
— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) July 15, 2020
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