Metro Louisville

A former Louisville police officer has pleaded guilty to striking a kneeling protester in the back of the head with a riot stick during protests over the death of Breonna Taylor last year.


Cory Evans resigned from the Louisville Metro Police Department after federal authorities charged him with violating a protester’s constitutional rights, a felony.

Cory P. Evans pleaded guilty Wednesday to the charge of using unreasonable force on a detainee. The Department of Justice says Evans struck the protester while the person was kneeling with their hands in the air. It occurred during the early nights of protests in Louisville in May 2020. Evans was downtown that night on curfew duty.

Evans faces up to 10 years in prison on a conviction.