After none of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor's death were charged with her killing, anger and disappointment boiled over into protests in cities across America on Wednesday (September 23).
From Louisville to New York, DC and Los Angeles, thousands of people came together to protest the grand jury decision to indict only one of the three officers involved, former Det. Brett Hankison, on first-degree wanton endangerment charges. The charges were called "a slap in the face" by many as by many as they apply to the risk put on Taylor's white neighbor, who had bullets from the police shootout hit their wall.
The grand jury's decision came more than six months after Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency room technician and aspiring nurse, was shot to death by Louisville police officers, who broke down the door to her apartment while executing a "no-knock" warrant on March 13.
Masses filled with outrage, disappointment, and sadness, flooded U.S. streets on Wednesday to continue the fight for Taylor, who they said did not receive justice from the Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron's office.
While many protests were peaceful, police in Portland declared protests outside the justice center there a riot, CNN reports. In Seattle, 13 people were arrested after protestors allegedly threw glass bottles and fireworks at police, authorities said. And in Louisville, two police officers were shot during Wednesday night protests. According to reports, about a half-hour before the city's 9 p.m. curfew, officers were shot while responding to a report of a large crowd and gunfire. The injured officers were taken to Louisville University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said at a news conference. He added that one officer was alert and stable, and the other was in surgery and stable. A suspect was taken into custody.
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