11th night of protests in Lexington sees fewer police officers than night’s past


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Monday night protesters gathered for the eleventh night in a row. Protesters say they are going to continue to meet every night until the end of the month.

Monday night’s group reached about 100 people.

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While many nights have similar notes like marching, chanting and signs, Monday had a few differences.

Police normally are guarding the police department, but instead Monday there weren’t any officers present.

A de-escalation approach Branden Barber, a protester, says felt like a move in the right direction.

“We want them to trust us. We don’t stand for looting. We don’t stand for violence,” Barber said.

Police did show up around 11:15 p.m. when protesters hopped over the police barricade.

As of this report, there wasn’t any violence or altercations.

Barber said he wants to see more police officers engage with the community.

“If you’re a good officer, which there are good officers, don’t let the bad officers depict you, stand out,” Barber said.

Community leader and protester organizer Sarah Williams told the crowd before the marching started that there’s more demonstrations in the works that aren’t necessarily protests/marches the city is used to seeing.