Two charged after vehicle hit protester in Louisville; driver not charged

CourierJournal reports two protesters involved in an incident with a driver in downtown Louisville on Wednesday morning have been charged with first-degree rioting and obstructing a highway, among other things.

The driver, who hit a protester with her vehicle as she was leaving a crowd, has come forth to the Louisville Metro Police Department but no charges were filed against her, according to LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell. The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determined if any charges will be filed, Mitchell said.

According to a police incident report, around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, a group of protesters blocked the intersection of Liberty and Sixth streets and would not let the driver, operating a Buick LeSabre, pass.

The driver, whose name was redacted in the report, told police that protesters surrounded her car and “a verbal altercation occurred after which the protesters began to reach into her car, scratching her vehicle window … and assaulting her, pulling her hair (pulling out a dreadlock).” Police say the driver sustained a minor injury.

The report goes on to say that the driver told police that after seeing one of the protesters with a handgun, she was “in fear for her life and drove away from the crowd.” She subsequently hit one of the protesters running toward the vehicle.

The driver then stopped for a red light at the intersection of Liberty and Fifth streets when one of the protesters, Darius Anderson, approached the vehicle with a handgun and pointed it at the driver, according to report. The driver then drove off again.

Anderson, 21, was identified by video and later arrested later Wednesday morning, according to the report. He admitted to the incident in an interview after waving his Miranda rights and was charged with first-degree rioting, first-degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway.