Protests erupted across the country Wednesday after the Louisville, Kentucky, police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death were not directly charged for the killing.
Only one of the three involved officers was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots into neighboring apartments. Taylor was shot dead by the officers who were conducting a raid on her home in March.
Here are some key developments as violent protests erupted across the country:
Two Louisville officers shot
One suspect was in custody after two officers were shot while investigating reports of gunfire. One of the officers was undergoing surgery and both were listed in stable condition.
“We have had two officers shot tonight and it’s very serious. It’s a dangerous condition. I think the safety of the officers and community we serve is utmost importance,” Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder told the media, CNN reported.
President Donald Trump responded to the shootings via Twitter: “Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky. The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help.”
No additional information was available about the suspect, and the identities of the officers have not been released.
Meanwhile, at least 46 people were arrested in Louisville on Wednesday after the protests turned chaotic. A 72-hour curfew has been imposed in the city.
Car drove through protests in Denver
The unidentified driver of the car was detained after the vehicle drove through a crowd in Denver. One protestor was hit by the vehicle; however, no one was seriously injured.
Chemical agents deployed on protesters in Atlanta
Chemical agents were deployed after “some unruly protesters” tried to climb on top of a SWAT vehicle, Georgia State Patrol Spokesperson Franka Young told the Associated Press.
“They were given orders to get off of the vehicle and when they ignored the orders, the SWAT team was forced to utilize less lethal gas to deter them,” Young said.
Seattle protests see 13 arrested
At least 13 people were arrested for destroying property and assaulting officers.
“Protestors are now throwing glass bottles at officers at 11/Pine St. Protestors have begun throwing fireworks at the East Precinct nearly striking officers in the process. The bulk of the protestors are in the intersection at 11/Pine St,” Seattle Police Department tweeted.
Protests erupt in New York City
Thousands of demonstrators rallied at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue demanding justice for Taylor. The protests were peaceful.
Meanwhile, the lack of charges in Taylor’s death case has caused outrage.
“We will go to our graves proclaiming that Breonna Taylor did not get justice from the Kentucky attorney general’s office,” Ben Crump, attorney for her family, told CNN.
Several celebrities also took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
“I’m devastated, hurt, sad, mad! We want Justice for Breonna yet justice was met for her neighbors apartment walls and not her beautiful life. Was I surprised at the verdict. Absolutely not but damnit I was & still am hurt and heavy hearted! I send my love to Breonna mother, family and friends! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!!” Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted.
“B—— decision!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! Cannot be said enough times,” actress Viola Davis tweeted.
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