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Breonna Taylor protest declared unlawful assembly by BPD, two arrests were made

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Posted at 8:08 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 01:46:25-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Two groups have collided here in downtown Bakersfield in front of the Bakersfield Police Department during a Breonna Taylor Protest.

This protest is to show solidarity with 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who died in an officer-involved shooting in Kentucky earlier this year.

Per BPD when the protests started protesters were peaceful, but as the night progressed certain events unfolded that forced BPD to deem the protest an "unruly event."

While monitoring the CCTV BPD noticed multiple fights the broke out and one woman on the ground who appeared to be injured.

Several individuals were contacted who police believed were victims of assault, but they did not cooperate.

"We want to facilitate people's abilities to air their grievances in whatever their philosophy is, so we wait until there's deemed a public safety risk significant enough that we're required to step in," said Sgt. Pair. "I think it was handled within compliance of state and local law. I believe we attempted to facilitate a safe demonstration for everybody involved, however as these events frequently unfold, people's emotions become involved and at that point, we have to step in. We did so with no violence, no use of force against anyone, no one has come forward saying they're significantly injured, so I believe that's a success."

Both groups were told to leave.