This week’s record for one day was SIXTY THREE protesters gathered on 5/16.
We understand that there are only recommendations, and not enforceable laws, calling for a minimum of 6 feet between any two people who do not live together. We get that LMPD can’t force the protesters to wear masks, or give others space.
These facts make a perfect storm when combined with the complete lack of regard for public safety that the protesters have always shown us with their actions.
This week, the congestion caused someone riding a scooter to crash.
In 2019, a protester was hospitalized after an encounter with someone leaving the clinic.
Pre-COVID19 escorts would regularly ask patients or companions to leave their weapons in their vehicles.
Now, everyone is under heightened stress, and there are no escorts to deescalate everpresent tensions. How many injuries will it take before action is taken?
The sidewalk won’t become safer unless two things happen:
Louisville Metro Council takes action by passing a new law creating a safety zone in front of the entrance.
LMPD needs to actually enforce the laws, including the existing noise ordinance, a safety zone, and the full range of blocking, assaults, and trespasses that happen regularly.
Indeed, if they continue to do nothing, we can be sure that more people will be harmed because of the protesters. Please continue contact your Council member and ask them to support a safety zone!