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Louisville basketball assistant coach Kahil Fennell arrested at Breonna Taylor protests

Photo via University of Louisville Athletics

Photo via University of Louisville Athletics

Kahil Fennell, a Louisville basketball assistant coach, has been arrested and charged following a Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville Saturday night, according to a breaking news report by the Courier-Journal. Fennell is currently listed as the school’s men’s basketball Director of Operations. The protest he was attending began in response to Breonna Taylor’s death. The 26-year-old ER technician and University of Kentucky graduate was fatally shot by a member of the Louisville Metro Police on March 13, and protests throughout the city are ongoing at this time.

Fennell was arrested Saturday night at the Breonna Taylor protest and charged with unlawful assembly. Fennell’s citation notes he was arrested at 10 p.m. in the 800 block of W. Jefferson Street, where some of the demonstrations were taking place. Fennell was in violation of Louisville’s 9 p.m. curfew, and he was taken into custody after failing to comply with an order to leave, according to the May 30 booking log obtained by the Courier Journal. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said around 40 people were arrested in the city on Saturday, with more than 30 people facing misdemeanor unlawful assembly charges.

Head coach Chris Mack released a statement after Fennell’s arrest was reported, saying the staff would support Fennell moving forward.

“Earlier this morning Kahil and I spoke and I was made aware of his booking,” Mack said in a statement. “I stand by my statement I made later in the morning and I stand by Kahil. When he feels the time is right he will comment.”

Prior to Fennell’s arrest, Mack released an earlier statement on Twitter, saying he is “looking forward to listening to my players, their fears, their stories, their advice. I hope that we can play a part in helping to heal an entire community we proudly represent.”

[Courier Journal]

Article written by Maggie Davis

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8 Comments for Louisville basketball assistant coach Kahil Fennell arrested at Breonna Taylor protests



  1. BowdenQB4ever
    8:26 pm May 31, 2020 Permalink

    Wait, was this before or after the riots? I didn’t realize they’d had a protest. Glad to see someone in that community stood up to those thugs, hope he gets a break from the prosecutor.



  2. IrishCat
    9:18 pm May 31, 2020 Permalink

    Good for him.



  3. bigblue98
    10:09 pm May 31, 2020 Permalink

    This arrest makes no sense. He was arrested for unlawful assembly. Per the Courier Journal jail records indicate he was booked at 858pm. The curfew didn’t start until 9pm. Would like to know exactly what occurred here. Did the same officer arrest him that is shooting pepper bullets at the news media? Louisville city leaders (and I don’t mean the university at all) have some work to do. Good job initially in getting rid of the joke of a police commissioner that was in office. His leadership has been marred by scandal, whether it be racial, sexual, abuse, stealing of money in illegal overtime, etc. Let’s see some positive next steps.



  4. Gaber
    10:29 pm May 31, 2020 Permalink

    Fennell’s citation notes he was arrested at 10 p.m. in the 800 block of W. Jefferson Street, where some of the demonstrations (rioters) were taking place. Fennell was in violation of Louisville’s 9 p.m. curfew, and he was taken into custody after failing to comply with an order to leave, according to the May 30 booking log obtained by the Courier Journal.



    • bigblue98
      11:02 pm May 31, 2020 Permalink

      The jail records say he was booked at 858pm. The original story that Maggie reported off of the CJ site has been updated with this new time.



  5. UKFanSC
    8:31 am June 1, 2020 Permalink

    He was locked up because he wanted to be. Why else would he be at riot ground zero at 9:00 ??



    • bigblue98
      9:39 am June 1, 2020 Permalink

      He was not there at 9pm. May want to research the details before you post inaccurate and misinformed comments.



  6. Catuary
    2:13 pm June 1, 2020 Permalink

    There is zero chance University 6 does anything but support him. It would be catastrophic to recruiting to do otherwise. I’m not sure the Breonna killing is necessarily due to race, but that’s the sentiment on the street and that’s what matters most. (I think heavy handed cops would have been just as likely to open fire on a white couple, who awoke in the middle of the night confused and believing they were defending themselves against illegal intruders.)