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.
Minutes after the indictment, which came more than six months after Taylor was shot and killed in her home by officers who were attempting to serve a search warrant in the middle of the night, was announced, demonstrators began marching through Louisville.
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.
The demonstrations were largely peaceful, but as the city’s 9 p.m. curfew approached, things got violent. Louisville police said an officer was shot, but no details on the circumstances or their condition were immediately available.
Multiple people also 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.
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