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Alleged Louisville killer is long-time BLM protester

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A long-time attendee BLM protester shot and killed a fellow protester in Louisville, and was wounded when other protesters returned fire yesterday, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Steven Lopez, 23, who has been identified in videos of previously-staged protests in Louisville, has been charged with murder after he fired a handgun and killed 27-year-old photographer, Tyler Gerth. Lopez is Hispanic and Tyler was white; however, race did not appear to have anything to do with the shooting.

But that didn’t stop progressive social media from immediately exploding after the shooting, calling the alleged killer a white supremacist who had killed six Black people.

The police say that surveillance video of the park shows Lopez shooting a handgun into a crowd before other protesters return fire. Gerth was struck in the head, while Lopez was shot in the leg. Police say that witnesses at the scene identified Lopez as the shooter.   

However, surveillance video at local CBS affiliate WLKY shows a half-a-dozen protestors accosting Lopez on a sidewalk near the entrance to the park, and a scuffle ensues.

Other clips on Twitter shows someone shooting in the tent encampment at Louisville’s Jefferson Square Park, which has acted as the designated site for protests in the city.  More than twenty shots can be heard.

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“According to a previous citation obtained by WLKY, Lopez was arrested on June 17 for inciting a riot, harassment and disorderly conduct. The citation also said he was in possession of a handgun ‘with two full mags of ammo.’”

After the shooting, police tore down the tents and removed people who were staying overnight in the park.

“Chief of Public Services Amy Hess says police are now enforcing an ordinance that prohibits camping and temporary shelters in Jefferson Square Park,” says WLKY. “Police will now close the park each night at 11 p.m. and it will reopen at 6 a.m.”

BLM protests around the country have seen flashes of violence with protest-related shootings in Minneapolis, Seattle, New York, Nebraska, Indianapolis and Iowa.  

PHOTO: Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal

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    PHILLIP GLEASON June 29, 2020

    Maybe these criminals will kill each other off!
    That’s wishful thinking! All of these domestic terrorists, every last one, should be arrested and thrown in prison or shot if they resist!
    The person named dave jones who tweeted that a white supremacist shot 6 black people should be arrested for inciting to riot, making false statements on social media and other charges! Wonder if twitter will ban him for hate speech?
    What about it jack, you hypocrite!

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    Yarbles June 29, 2020

    So it was an Hispanic Leftist all along NOT A WHITE SUPREMACIST!!!!

    Yeah, well he killed one of his own bitchboys..

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    Sharon Riley June 29, 2020

    They are both stupid and evil enough to kill everyone. They are psychopaths

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    Terry Weston June 29, 2020

    The News talking heads and twitter trolls knew who it was and who he was with. Just another attempt to cover for the TERRORISTS !

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    Sharon Riley June 29, 2020

    YOU ARE SOOOOOO RIGHT.

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    Most people receive information from the main media and self proclaimed “reporters” as gospel. They dont stop to think nor collect information from several sources to react physically or verbally against to whatever or whoever’s they perceived as doing or saying something wrong. Nobody realizes that interest groups manipulates the Media or these protests to suit their political agendas. President Trump and his followers have been attacked umrelently by their detractors. Just stop spreading the hate!

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    Gilbert June 30, 2020

    why should the police help them they want to defund them

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    Don June 30, 2020

    No surprise.

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