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One man was killed Saturday during protests in Louisville, Kentucky, after an individual involved in the protesters opened fire before being wounded by other armed protesters and later arrested by police.

“The man had been participating in the protests since they began and had been arrested a couple of times over the past several weeks. He had been repeatedly asked by other members in the park to leave due to his disruptive behavior,” Louisville Assistant Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said of suspect Steve Lopez, according to Fox News.

“In addition to this man, multiple other people in the park were armed at the time of the incident, and our homicide investigators are still working to identify all of the parties who may have fired during the incident,” he said.

The Louisville Courier Journal reported that a speaker at the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression news conference Sunday said Lopez “had been involved in multiple disturbances at the camp and had to be escorted away from Jefferson Square Park before the shooting.”

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer had claimed on Saturday that what he termed “armed patriot groups” were coming to attack the encampment. Prior to the announcement that the shooting was done by a protester, rumors swirled that blamed outsiders for the shooting.

Officials identified the victim of the Jefferson Square Park shooting as Tyler Charles Gerth, 27, of Louisville.

Protesters said Lopez had an altercation with another person at the park, but it wasn’t Gerth, according to the Courier Journal.

Lopez was charged with murder and first-degree wanton endangerment, according to The New York Times.

He was wounded in the leg when bystanders returned fire, according to The Washington Post. Lopez made his way to the nearby Hall of Justice, where he was found. He is currently in a hospital.

No other people were wounded.

Cellphone videos and surveillance video recorded the scene.

WARNING: The following videos contain graphic violence.

“All I could hear was: bang, bang. I thought they were fireworks,” Jasmine Harris, 27, said, according to The Washington Post.

The Courier Journal reported that Lopez had been arrested during a protest June 17 and charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the aftermath of the shooting Saturday, Louisville officials dismantled a tent city that had been the center of protests of the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police after her boyfriend opened fire on them.

Louisville Chief of Public Services Amy Hess said the shooting meant the encampment had to end.

“It’s a safety issue at this point. Over the past several nights we’ve seen increasingly dangerous behavior. We’ve seen several fistfights. We’ve also seen an increasing number of weapons that gave us concern, but all that led up to last night’s activity and last night’s shooting,” Hess said.

“But yet, we wanted to balance the First Amendment exercise of free speech, the need to come together, while at the same time understanding that ordinances were in place for a reason, and it was particularly to help protect public safety,” Hess said.

On Sunday, Shameka Parrish-Wright of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression took a truculent tone over the dismantling of the protest site.

“I think it is very disrespectful,” she said.”I think that LMPD has been in contact with us, sending people through the park all the time we’ve been there, but they could not communicate effectively enough so that we could make sure people’s belongings got to them. When people tried to get their belongings last night they told them that it was a part of a murder investigation and that they couldn’t get those things.”

“The community that was built there is not ending because they decided to throw us out,” Parrish-Wright said. “We will be back. We’re going to come back stronger, and we’re not going to give up.”

  • Matt says:

    And still they tried to blame non-existant right wing thugs. Idiots.

  • Evangeline says:

    How come you don’t see us out their protesting and crying against all the unjust murders blacks have done to whites! A black guy just shot a white baby in the face and killed her for no reason last wk!!!!! Because we aren’t thugs!!! We don’t cry victim. We don’t repay violence with violence. We are civilized human beings. We find justice through the legal system, not vigilante justice. But all this isn’t really about justice, is it? It’s funded by the Deep State to destroy us from within. They can’t win an election so they have to take control of our country by crying victim and inciting violence. VOTE OUT ALL DEMS IN NOV!!! They are enemies of America!!!

    • Nathan M. says:

      Agreed 100%, Evangeline. And guys like this Steven Lopez, they don’t even believe in the cause, deluded as it is. This is WHY we built a society with rules and laws and a system. When you throw all of that to the winds, you get psychos like this guy who are just looking for an excuse to hurt people. I hope they send him to death row and deep-fry his ass like Tim McVeigh.

    • Laurie McClain says:

      Absolutely, Evangeline. Very well said and I agree with every word of it.

    • Mrs B says:

      Evangeline. You wrote exactly what I feel also! There’s much more being done than what we see and hear.

    • MJ says:

      Well said!

  • Norman says:

    Death penalty

  • Pat says:

    Stay away from protests and riots and you won’t get hurt!

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    Its a two edged sword. If you think you will come back “stronger” can also mean the LMPD can too. We’ll see who has the biggest dog in this idiocy.

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    Nikki Haley Breaks with Trump: ‘We Shouldn’t Have Followed Him, and We Shouldn’t Have Listened to Him’



    Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, believes that former President Donald Trump “let us down.”

    Haley’s remarks come as the former president’s legal team prepares to present its defense of Trump during his second impeachment trial in the Senate.

    In a Politico interview published Friday, Haley, former South Carolina governor, said that “we shouldn’t have followed” Trump.

    “We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said in an extensive profile. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

    She also told the outlet that she has not spoken to Trump since the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, and takes issue with his remarks condemning former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to reject the Electoral College vote.

    “When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” she expressed. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”

    The former ambassador, who many people are speculating may run for the White House in 2024, also added that Trump will never accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

    “There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election,” she explained. “He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it.”

    Haley also warned that many people still love the former president and will not stop supporting him just because he is out of office.

    “I know how much people love Donald Trump,” she admitted. “I know it. I feel it. Whether it’s an RNC room or social media or talking to donors, I can tell you that the love they have for him is still very strong. That’s not going to just fall to the wayside. Nor do I think the Republican Party is going to go back to the way it was before Donald Trump. I don’t think it should.”

    Haley added that people, instead, should “take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party.”

    “[I]t’s bigger than the party,” she insisted. “I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back.”

    Referring to Haley’s possible 2024 ambitions, Politico’s Tim Alberta wrote, “Since last fall, I’ve spent nearly six hours talking with Haley on-the-record. I’ve also spoken with nearly 70 people who know her: friends, associates, donors, staffers, former colleagues. From those conversations, two things are clear. First, Nikki Haley is going to run for president in 2024. Second, she doesn’t know which Nikki Haley will be on the ballot.”

    Haley also said that she didn’t believe Trump had a chance of winning in a 2024 election scenario.

    “I don’t think he can,” she admitted. “He’s fallen so far.”

    “I think his business is suffering at this point,” she added. “I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he’s lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he’s lost the things that really could have kept him moving.”

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    WATCH: Trump’s Defense Team Absolutely Ruins Democrats With 13 Minute Montage of “Fight” Word Like Trump Did



    The Democrats demonized President Trump for using the word ‘fight’. Trump’s attorneys responded today with a collage of clips from each of the Democrats in the room using the word ‘fight’.

    This portion of today’s events on Capitol Hill was excellent. The Democrats claim that because President Trump used the word ‘fight’ in his speech on January 6th in Washington D.C. However, what every Democrat in that room forgot was that they too had used the word previously in political speech.

    The montage went on for 13 minutes. (The video montage starts at 7:10 timeframe.)

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    WATCH: Trump Attorneys Destroy House Managers on Lying to American Public and Using Manipulated Tweet as Evidence



    President Trump’s defense team took the floor of the US Senate on Friday in defense of President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.

    Trump Attorney David Schoen absolutely destroyed the House Managers when he took to the floor of the US Senate.

    At one point Schoen played video of the Democrat lawmakers lying about a Trump tweet.

    House Impeachment Manager Eric Swalwell gave a riveting performance on Wednesday reading off Trump’s tweets with emotional appeal.

    During this theatrical performance, Swalwell read off a Trump retweet by Jennifer Lynn Lawrence.

    But there was one problem with the tweet. It was photoshopped.

    Jennifer Lynn Lawrence has never been verified by Twitter. Democrats faked that to make it look more important.

    On Friday Trump Attorney David Schoen destroyed Democrats for lying about this to the American public.


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    White House Suspends Deputy Press Secretary For Allegedly Sexually Harassing, Threatening Reporter



    The White House announced on Friday that it was suspending Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo after a report surfaced alleging that he sexually harassed and threatened a female reporter who was getting ready to publish a report revealing that he was dating a reporter who had previously been tasked with covering Democrat Joe Biden.

    “The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after [Politico reporter Tara] Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted [Axios political reporter Alexi] McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo,” Vanity Fair reported. “Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns. But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. ‘I will destroy you,’ Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.”

    “During the off-the-record call, Ducklo made derogatory and misogynistic comments, accusing Palmeri of only reporting on his relationship—which, due to the ethics questions that factor into the relationship between a journalist and White House official, falls under the purview of her reporting beat—because she was ‘jealous’ that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f***’ McCammond ‘and not you,’” the report added. “Ducklo also accused Palmeri of being ‘jealous’ of his relationship with McCammond.”

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

    “TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

    “In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret,” she continued. “With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

    Reporters called out the administration over the incident, highlighting how the Trump administration did not treat reporters that way as well as issues with the timeline of events with regard to the White House taking action to address the incident.

    “The Vanity Fair piece indicates that Politico editors reached to the WH after the incident first occurred and the WH acknowledged it was inappropriate,” Spectator editor Amber Athey wrote on Twitter. “But they clearly didn’t have any interest in disciplining Ducklo until his behavior was made public.”

    New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi wrote on Twitter: “I covered Donald Trump for 6 years. It is saying something that this behavior — from a Biden official — shocks me.”

    Grabien founder Tom Elliott highlighted the following remarks that Biden made a few weeks ago: “If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot, on the spot. No if, ands, or buts. Everybody — everybody is entitled to be treated with decency & dignity.”

    CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded to the quote, writing: “Standards that are not upheld are not standards. They’re lies.”

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