People Gathered Across The US To Protest The Lack Of Charges For Breonna Taylor's Killing
Two officers were shot in Louisville and have non-life-threatening injuries. Police wouldn't say if the shooter was involved in the protests.
Hundreds of people in Louisville and other cities across the country took to the streets Wednesday to protest a Kentucky grand jury's decision to not file any charges for the killing of Breonna Taylor and instead indict just one of the three officers involved for shooting into the her neighbor's apartment.
In Louisville, two police officers were shot around 8:30 p.m. while responding to reports of gunfire near where a crowd had gathered. Both officers were being treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said one suspect was in custody, but would not say if the person was involved in the demonstrations and gave no further details on the shooting, which was partially captured on a police livestream.
Near the end of a clip of the footage, an officer operating the camera can be heard yelling "Shots fired!" as they take cover.
Demonstrators began marching through Louisville hours earlier, just minutes after the announcement that no officers would be charged in Taylor’s killing. Taylor was fatally shot in her home by officers who were attempting to serve a search warrant in the middle of the night.
Earlier in the day, the crowd quickly grew to hundreds as more people streamed into the streets to express their outrage over what they saw as a lack of justice for Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman and an EMT who was preparing for nursing school.
Multiple people appeared to be arrested in confrontations with Louisville police, who blocked off streets and fired pepper balls at demonstrators. Small trash fires were set in Jefferson Square Park, which appeared to be mostly cleared out after the curfew took effect.
At about 4:45 p.m., Louisville police had declared an unlawful assembly, threatening the use of "chemical agents" if people did not disperse. Demonstrators also continued to gather in the downtown area.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people participated in demonstrations in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Washington, DC, and other cities.
In New York City, demonstrators marched across the Manhattan Bridge.
In Philadelphia, protesters took a knee and raised their fists in the air.