Live updates (latest to earliest)2:05 p.m. – Crowd thinning. Next expected protest is from NFAC.1:50 p.m. – Dozens of LMPD officers in riot gear move in on group near Chase Bank.Watch LMPD’s livestream here1:40 p.m. – Crowd appears to be moving away from the square. We haven’t yet seen a police presence.12:50 p.m. – Opposing groups come face-to-face downtown near Jefferson Square Park. A large crowd has formed — hundreds of people. Some yell “Breonna Taylor” while others yell “Back the Blue.” Lauren Adams says the situation seems volitate between the two groups.11:15 a.m. – The group of patriots, most of which are armed, is leaving Cox Park & heading downtown.9:30 a.m. – A man who identifies himself as “Angry Viking” leads a rally in Cox Park. The group is calling themselves patriots and say they’re sick of the chaos in Louisville and across the country.————————————————-Previous story:The Kentucky Derby isn’t the only thing city leaders and residents are focused on.Derby weekend is officially upon the city of Louisville, and activists and organizations are keeping their word to hit the streets.While Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has reiterated there is no timeline on when he plans to finish the investigation into Breonna Taylor’s shooting, social justice groups have previously said they would demonstrate if there wasn’t a decision by Derby weekend.Thousands are expected to demonstrate in Louisville as events take place at Churchill Downs. We’re also expecting far-right groups to rally. Who is demonstrating in Louisville?Two of the well-known groups hail from outside of Louisville, but have been involved in the city as protests and the investigation have persisted.One of them is the NFAC, characterized as a Black armed militia. The group last marched in downtown Louisville in July in what turned to be an overall peaceful demonstration.Grand Master Jay, the leader of the NFAC, sent a message to group members in August, notifying them to return to Louisville on a “strategic day,” which turned out to be Derby.The LMPD said it’s been coordinating with the NFAC ahead of Saturday. The group has told WLKY they plan to gather starting at 3 or 3:30 p.m.Until Freedom is the other group of demonstrators taking to the streets this weekend. The national group, which recently located to Louisville, has coordinated several events in Taylor’s name, most recently a demonstration that took protesters from South Central Park to Churchill Downs and then an overpass nearby.”We need the cops that killed her to be charged and arrested immediately. Justice delayed is justice denied,” the group said in a post announcing their plans to demonstrate on Derby Day.Until Freedom hosted several events in August for “BreonnaCon,” which ultimately led up to a day of “direct action” in Louisville. More than 70 protesters were arrested during that protest on Tuesday.The group also staged a protest on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s lawn in July.”No Justice, No Peace Louisville” is also calling on its supporters to join them Saturday. They are joining Until Freedom alongside local activists and pastors. The group held a news conference Friday, calling out the LMPD’s decision to block off Central Avenue in front of Churchill Downs.”If you look behind me, it’s evident that they are not on our side,” said Mario Martin, pastor at Praise Nation Church, in front of two Kentucky National Guard Humvees. “It’s evident that they do not want to see peaceful protests.”We’re also told that a far-right group called the Three Percenters plans to demonstrate somewhere in the Louisville area. LMPD said they plan to first gather in Cox Park.What’s LMPD doing?Overall, the LMPD said it has been trying to balance allowing people to express their First Amendment rights while also securing parts of the city and Churchill Downs.Security around Churchill Downs isn’t different, but this year there will be coordination not just with other law enforcement partners, like the Kentucky National Guard, but also the groups planning to demonstrate Saturday.Mayor Greg Fischer, LMPD Lt. Col. Andy McClinton, Lt. Arnold Rivera and Maj. Aubrey Gregory said they are aware of many groups’ plans. Contact has been made with the NFAC and LMPD said it is aware of the group’s course and are told they’ll be in town for four to five hours.LMPD officials said they also plan to establish an area on Central Avenue where they can funnel any opposing groups that could show up.As in years past, there will be state and federal officials on hand for security purposes, including National Guard members.LMPD said they will have several teams around Churchill Downs, as well as downtown, along Broadway and in the Baxter Avenue area, which they reiterated is normal for the Derby and will be on hand to control crowds from both Derby parties and any protests.Don’t forget about road closures:One of the most significant closures will be that of the one of Central Avenue from Third Street to Taylor Boulevard. According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, the stretch of road will be closed to all civilian pedestrian and vehicular traffic Friday and Saturday.These streets will also be affected by closures:Central Avenue west of Third Street: No turns west onto Central Avenue.Fourth Street at Central Avenue: No traffic across Central Avenue.Fifth Street at Central Avenue.Sixth Street at Central Avenue.Rodman Street at Central Avenue.Ninth Street at Central Avenue.Taylor Boulevard at Central Avenue: No traffic to or from Central Avenue.Oakdale Avenue at 3rd Street: No through traffic, authorized vehicles only.Updates to road closures will be posted. Road closures will be lifted Sunday.

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2:05 p.m. – Crowd thinning. Next expected protest is from NFAC.

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1:50 p.m. – Dozens of LMPD officers in riot gear move in on group near Chase Bank.

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1:40 p.m. – Crowd appears to be moving away from the square. We haven’t yet seen a police presence.

12:50 p.m. – Opposing groups come face-to-face downtown near Jefferson Square Park. A large crowd has formed — hundreds of people. Some yell “Breonna Taylor” while others yell “Back the Blue.” Lauren Adams says the situation seems volitate between the two groups.

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11:15 a.m. – The group of patriots, most of which are armed, is leaving Cox Park & heading downtown.

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9:30 a.m. – A man who identifies himself as “Angry Viking” leads a rally in Cox Park. The group is calling themselves patriots and say they’re sick of the chaos in Louisville and across the country.

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The Kentucky Derby isn’t the only thing city leaders and residents are focused on.

Derby weekend is officially upon the city of Louisville, and activists and organizations are keeping their word to hit the streets.

While Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has reiterated there is no timeline on when he plans to finish the investigation into Breonna Taylor’s shooting, social justice groups have previously said they would demonstrate if there wasn’t a decision by Derby weekend.

Thousands are expected to demonstrate in Louisville as events take place at Churchill Downs. We’re also expecting far-right groups to rally.

Who is demonstrating in Louisville?

Two of the well-known groups hail from outside of Louisville, but have been involved in the city as protests and the investigation have persisted.

One of them is the NFAC, characterized as a Black armed militia. The group last marched in downtown Louisville in July in what turned to be an overall peaceful demonstration.

Grand Master Jay, the leader of the NFAC, sent a message to group members in August, notifying them to return to Louisville on a “strategic day,” which turned out to be Derby.

The LMPD said it’s been coordinating with the NFAC ahead of Saturday. The group has told WLKY they plan to gather starting at 3 or 3:30 p.m.

Until Freedom is the other group of demonstrators taking to the streets this weekend. The national group, which recently located to Louisville, has coordinated several events in Taylor’s name, most recently a demonstration that took protesters from South Central Park to Churchill Downs and then an overpass nearby.

“We need the cops that killed her to be charged and arrested immediately. Justice delayed is justice denied,” the group said in a post announcing their plans to demonstrate on Derby Day.

Until Freedom hosted several events in August for “BreonnaCon,” which ultimately led up to a day of “direct action” in Louisville. More than 70 protesters were arrested during that protest on Tuesday.

The group also staged a protest on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s lawn in July.

“No Justice, No Peace Louisville” is also calling on its supporters to join them Saturday. They are joining Until Freedom alongside local activists and pastors. The group held a news conference Friday, calling out the LMPD’s decision to block off Central Avenue in front of Churchill Downs.

“If you look behind me, it’s evident that they are not on our side,” said Mario Martin, pastor at Praise Nation Church, in front of two Kentucky National Guard Humvees. “It’s evident that they do not want to see peaceful protests.”

We’re also told that a far-right group called the Three Percenters plans to demonstrate somewhere in the Louisville area. LMPD said they plan to first gather in Cox Park.

What’s LMPD doing?

Overall, the LMPD said it has been trying to balance allowing people to express their First Amendment rights while also securing parts of the city and Churchill Downs.

Security around Churchill Downs isn’t different, but this year there will be coordination not just with other law enforcement partners, like the Kentucky National Guard, but also the groups planning to demonstrate Saturday.

Mayor Greg Fischer, LMPD Lt. Col. Andy McClinton, Lt. Arnold Rivera and Maj. Aubrey Gregory said they are aware of many groups’ plans. Contact has been made with the NFAC and LMPD said it is aware of the group’s course and are told they’ll be in town for four to five hours.

LMPD officials said they also plan to establish an area on Central Avenue where they can funnel any opposing groups that could show up.

As in years past, there will be state and federal officials on hand for security purposes, including National Guard members.

LMPD said they will have several teams around Churchill Downs, as well as downtown, along Broadway and in the Baxter Avenue area, which they reiterated is normal for the Derby and will be on hand to control crowds from both Derby parties and any protests.

Don’t forget about road closures:

One of the most significant closures will be that of the one of Central Avenue from Third Street to Taylor Boulevard. According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, the stretch of road will be closed to all civilian pedestrian and vehicular traffic Friday and Saturday.

These streets will also be affected by closures:

  • Central Avenue west of Third Street: No turns west onto Central Avenue.
  • Fourth Street at Central Avenue: No traffic across Central Avenue.
  • Fifth Street at Central Avenue.
  • Sixth Street at Central Avenue.
  • Rodman Street at Central Avenue.
  • Ninth Street at Central Avenue.
  • Taylor Boulevard at Central Avenue: No traffic to or from Central Avenue.
  • Oakdale Avenue at 3rd Street: No through traffic, authorized vehicles only.

Updates to road closures will be posted. Road closures will be lifted Sunday.

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