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A protest against police brutality briefly shut down a busy Highlands neighborhood intersection early Saturday afternoon. About 50 protestors halted traffic near Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway. They held signs aloft, carried replica caskets and cited several recent, high-profile police shootings and an in-custody death in cities across the country. Police made no arrests and issued no citations issued during the hourlong protest. Travis Mayberry said he was doing his “due diligence” when he stood in the middle of the road with the intention to stop traffic. “Black lives matter, all lives matter,” Mayberry said.

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Protesters gather at Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway to mourn the victims of police killings.

All who took part chanted the now common phrase: “No justice, no peace.”

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Protesters gathered at Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway on Saturday afternoon, stopping traffic for nearly an hour.

Police peacefully disrupted the gathering shortly after 2 p.m.

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Louisville Metro Police disperse a protest Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway.

The gathering was similar to other protests that have popped up around the country in recent weeks after grand jury decisions to not indict police officers responsible for killing unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.

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Protesters lined Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway Saturday afternoon.

Mayberry, 25, said stopping traffic is a way to “disrupt business as usual” and show that changes need to happen.

Travis Mayberry, Louisville native.

Travis Mayberry, Louisville native.

Those changes, Mayberry said, include making sure local police officials to equip officers with body cameras.

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A protester stands with her hands above her head as Louisville Metro Police keep watch Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway.

 

Jacob Ryan is the Metro Affairs reporter for WFPL.