LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) — About a hundred protesters blocked streets in downtown Louisville to demand the president of the police union be fired for calling activists "liars, sensationalists, and race-baiters" and writing that law enforcement supporters might soon have to rise up against them.
The Louisville Metro Police Department closed its downtown headquarters during the Monday afternoon protest, riling the activists there to chant for police accountability.
Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says the department locked the doors because it received information that protesters might try to occupy the building. But the protest remained peaceful.
Dave Mutchler, president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police and a sergeant in the police department, distributed the divisive letter last week, days after an officer shot a Sudanese refugee who attacked him with a flagpole, and only a single day after the racially-motivated terrorist attack in Charleston, South Carolina by Dylann Roof.