Violent protests have erupted in Louisville, Kentucky in the wake of grand jury’s ruling not to indict police officers accused of shooting unarmed African-American Breonna Taylor and killing her at her home in March.
The Louisville police have conducted nearly 100 arrests overnight as protests engulfed the city following the court ruling to clear police officers, accused of Breonna Taylor’s murder, of their charges.
According to a police statement cited by AP, protesters attempted to wreak havoc in the city, loot local businesses and jump on city vehicles. Several protesters were arrested for curfew violations after refusing orders to disperse, the statement adds.
The police also said that the lives of the two officers shot during the demonstration were not threatened. The statement, however, provided no further details about the identity of the suspect accused of opening fire against the policemen.
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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced that there will be no charges filed against two of the Louisville police officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, while the third is being charged with “wanton endangerment.”
Detective Brett Hankison has been indicted on three counts of “wanton endangerment in the first degree” by a grand jury.
Following the announcement on Wednesday Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron told reporters that the night Breonna Taylor died, police did knock and announce themselves before Breonna’s boyfriend shot at them.
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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron Announces Grand Jury Indictment Of One Of Three Officers In Breonna Taylor Shooting Case
A grand jury has indicted one of three Louisville police officers involved in the case over the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
Former Louisville Metro Police Department officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in the Breonna Taylor shooting case, a grand jury reported Wednesday, according to the Courier Journal.
The two other officers involved in the case, Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, were not indicted.
During a press conference Wednesday announcing the report, Cameron said that Louisville Police knocked and announced their presence, which he says was corroborated by an “independent witness.” He also said Mattingly and Cosgrove were “justified in their use of force after having been fired upon.”
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Police in Louisville, Kentucky have declared a state of emergency and two federal buildings have temporarily shuttered ahead of the state attorney general’s announcement in the Breonna Taylor case, anticipating possible riots.
The emergency announcement was issued on Monday afternoon by interim Louisville Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Schroeder, citing the need for “appropriate level of staffing to provide for public safety services.” In practice this translates into all leave and vacation requests being placed on hold.
The US district courthouse in Louisville and the nearby US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office were also shuttered on Monday for the rest of the week, per orders from a federal judge.
Both federal and local authorities seem to be preparing for the impending announcement by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in the case of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician killed in March.
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Thursday night felt like being in a terrifying dystopian novel. The mob swarmed me and my husband, Sen. Rand Paul, in a tight circle, screaming expletives, threats, and shouting, “Say her name.” We rushed up to two police officers, and I believe that is the only thing that kept us from being knocked to the ground. Even pressed against the officers, we were greatly outnumbered.
As the mob grew and became more threatening, we literally could not move, and neither could the two officers for several minutes. The rioters were inches from us, screaming in our faces.
That was the worst part. At first, I attempted to meet the eyes of one of the protesters and tried to explain that Rand authored the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act, but it seemed to just infuriate them more, as they called me a “bitch” and “racist wh—” alongside an endless torrent of “f— yous.”
Mobs are terrifying. They looked at us with no humanity — just a vicious and righteous zeal. After that, I just kept my eyes down and prayed. All I could think of was the driver who was pulled from his car, viciously kicked in the head and left lying in his own blood in Portland, Oregon, last week.
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Black Lives Matter Terrorists Death Threat Rand Paul Outside RNC
An angry Black Lives Matter mob tried to attack Senator Rand Paul outside the Republican National Convention in DC during yet another night of mayhem.
“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House. Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob,” tweeted the Senator.
The video shows Paul and his wife walking down the street after leaving the venue while BLM agitators chant “say her name!”
Their line of protection is pretty thin with just a handful of police officers on hand to block the BLM rioters.
One of them then tries to get to Paul by pushing away a police officer holding a bike, temporarily causing the Senator and the officer to lose their balance.
Rand Paul announces ‘Justice for Breonna Taylor Act’ barring no-knock warrants
As protests erupted in cities across the United States over the death of George Floyd, seven people were shot Thursday night, with one in critical condition, during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky over the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in her apartment in March.
- At least one person was in critical condition on Friday morning, the Associated Press reported, and all seven shot were civilians.
- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said on Twitter that five people were in good condition and two underwent surgery.
- “I feel the community’s frustration, the anger, the fear, but tonight’s violence and destruction is not the way to solve it,” Mayor Fischer said.
- The shots were fired around 11:30 p.m., according to a local TV station, after a crowd of hundreds had gathered around Metro Hall in downtown Louisville demanding justice for Taylor.
- Earlier in the day, audio of a 911 call to police by Taylor’s boyfriend on the day she was killed was released.
- Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot eight times by narcotics detectives who had knocked down her front door after her boyfriend fired a gun, believing the police to be intruders; no drugs were found.