Chris Hendricks

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Black Lives Matter movements and demonstrations in opposition to systemic racism swept across the nation most of this year, and the small town of Murray, Kentucky joined in the conversation. Multiple protests centered around the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, but also a Confederate monument which still stands in a prominent location in the downtown court square. As a result of the demonstrations, two locals face charges: Linda Arakelyan, a woman who’s charged with false reporting, and David Frymire, a man who’s charged with spraying protesters with mace. Both appeared in court this week.

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  A Murray woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Calloway County District Court following a grand jury charging her with falsely reporting an incident during a protest near a Confederate monument in downtown Murray.