Thursday, 22 Oct 2020

Kentucky man arrested after requesting $30K to shoot Louisville cops

A Kentucky man has been arrested after prosecutors say he live-streamed himself requesting a $30,000 bounty to shoot police officers in Louisville.

Cortez Lamont Edwards, 39, brandished a gun as he went on Facebook Live to ask for money to shoot cops responding to a disturbance in front of his Louisville home, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky on Sunday.

Federal and local authorities carried out a search warrant Sunday on Edward’s home and discovered him sleeping on a couch next to a pistol.

Edwards is a convicted felon with a rap sheet that includes complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance, officials said.

He was taken into custody from the home Sunday on a charge of being a felon in a possession of a firearm.

If convicted, Edwards could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“Louisville needs healing and safety for its citizens, not armed felons seeking bids to shoot police,” US Attorney Russell Coleman said in the statement.

“Federal law enforcement here will continue to respond as one to swiftly mitigate threats to our city.”

Louisville has been the site of unrest over the death of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by cops who entered her home during a narcotics investigation in March.

Protests continued after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges last week against the officers in her death.

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