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NFL player facing charges after arrest at Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville

Update: The Jefferson County attorney says he is dropping the felony charge for all the protesters. 

Kenny Stills, a wide receiver for the NFL’s Houston Texans, is among the 87 protesters facing charges after being arrested Tuesday at a protest in Louisville.

Stills, 28, was entered into the jail’s booking log just before midnight after having been taken into custody earlier in the afternoon, as he and dozens of other protesters marched to the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to demand action against the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor in March.

Stills was charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process, a felony, as well as misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. He was released Wednesday morning.

On Friday, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said although he believes the Louisville police had probable cause for the charge, “in the interest of justice and ht promotion of free exchange of ideas, we will dismiss that charge for each protester arrested this past Tuesday.”

Stills’ arrest citation said he was on private property with no lawful purpose and refused to leave. The property owner is the lead prosecutor in an ongoing criminal investigation, the citation said, and Stills “was on (the) property to intimidate (the) prosecutor.”

A request for comment from Athletes First, the sports agency that represents Stills, was not returned. But Ryan Williams, who represents Stills, pointed out on Twitter that Stills was arrested as he stood on a lawn and “asked for justice,” while the officers involved in Taylor’s shooting were not arrested following her death.

“(Stills) has officially spent more time in jail fighting for justice than the known killers who killed Breonna Taylor,” Williams wrote.

Stills, meanwhile, called the incident “good trouble” in a Twitter post Wednesday afternoon, after he had been released earlier that morning. Records show he’s due back in court on Oct. 8.

“Arrested for peacefully protesting. While Breonnas Taylor’s murderers are still out on the street,” Stills wrote.

Stills’ charges mirror those that 86 other protesters who were arrested Tuesday are facing. More than 100 marched from Ballard High School in Louisville’s East End to the home of Cameron, who protesters have long demanded charge the three Louisville Metro Police officers involved in Taylor’s killing.

Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville police serving a no-knock warrant in March. No drugs were found at the Black ER technician’s home. One of the officers involved, Brett Hankison, has been fired, while two others, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, remain on the force.

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