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Journalists arrested and detained while covering Breonna Taylor riot in Louisville

Journalists Shelby Talcott, Jorge Ventura, and Drew Hernandez were arrested Wednesday evening during a Louisville riot that resulted in the shooting of two police officers.

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Journalists Shelby Talcott, Jorge Ventura, and Drew Hernandez were arrested Wednesday evening during a Louisville riot that resulted in the shooting of two police officers.

Talcott began a tweet thread with a video showing armored police officers slowly moving in on a group of scattered protesters.

She posted a separate video a while later, saying that members of law enforcement were "corralling everyone in."

In just a short amount of time, the police had a number of people sitting on the ground, with their hands reportedly zip-tied. Talcott can be heard saying that "we're press," but to no avail.

Investigative reporter Drew Hernandez tweeted around the same time, saying: "I’m about to be detained and many other press members Pray for us."

The Daily Caller quickly took to Twitter, tweeting that two of their reporters had been detained by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), with Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll tweeting: "Update: The Louisville doc tells me @ShelbyTalcott and @VenturaReport will be processed and charged like everyone else, despite my best efforts to alert official channels that they were operating in the capacity of press at a live news event. @LMPD."

Ingersoll followed up with another update, saying that the Daily Caller reporters will be "charged with two misdemeanors related to breaking curfew & unlawful assembly for their alleged failure to comply with police orders to disperse and for press to relegate themselves to an 'observation area.'"

Hayden Daniel of the Daily Caller tweeted: "The @LMPD is now actively restricting the freedom of the press by holding @ShelbyTalcott and @VenturaReport for more than 11 hours. They have risked their safety at multiple riots to fairly report on the situation to the American people. Why are these journalists not free?"

The Courier Journal reported that hundreds of protesters marched through Louisville following the 1:15 p.m. announcement that former officer Brett Hankison would be the only one charged in the incident that led to the death of Breonna Taylor. The outlet added that a number of protesters clashed with police on Bardstown Road at about 4 p.m. A total of thirteen were arrested as a result.

LMPD reported that 46 people had been taken into custody just after 11 p.m., but that number soared as more people returned to Jefferson Square Park and were detained outside the downtown Louisville jail.

The Courier Journal noted that "the Metro Corrections booking log website was not able to be accessed Wednesday night or Thursday morning, but department spokesman Lamont Washington said in a 2:20 a.m. update that the number of arrests, which took place over curfew and unlawful assembly violations, was 'closer to 100.'"

"Fellow LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell told media members just before 8:30 a.m. that a total of 127 people had been arrested."

The Post Millennial reported Wednesday evening on the shooting of the two police officers, noting that they were in stable condition and that police had taken a suspect into custody.

Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said that "all the information I'm about to give you is preliminary in nature and additional information may arise as this investigation continues."

"At about 8:30 tonight our officers were called to the area of Brook and College on a large crowd and shots fired in the area. As they were deploying to investigate what was going on at First and Broadway, two of our officers were shot."

Taylor was shot to death by law enforcement in Louisville earlier this year when they entered her home while she was sleeping, late in the evening under the direction of a warrant as part of a drug-related investigation.

Taylor's boyfriend reportedly fired a gun at the officers, prompting the officers to fire back, fatally striking Taylor as she slept.

As a result, a grand jury determined that Brett Hankinson had been found guilty of wanton endangerment for shooting into a neighboring apartment.

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