After the Jury’s Decision: Two officers shot in protests in Louisville
Two officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department were shot Wednesday night amid protests in the US over a decision not to charge any officers over the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder told reporters that one officer is in surgery, and both are in stable condition. A suspect is in custody, according to Schroeder.
“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” Schroeder said.
Erlier this year, Ms Taylor, 26, a black hospital worker, was shot six times as three officers raided her home.
While the panel brought no charges for Taylor’s killing, it did indict former officer Brett Hankison on three counts of “wanton endangerment”, accusing him of blindly firing into her neighbours’ apartments. Each count carries a jail term of up to five years.
The attorney general said the two other officers’ actions had been justified.
Protesters and the lawyers for Taylor’s family said the charges were not enough.
“Make no mistake, we will keep fighting this fight in Breonna’s memory, and we will never stop saying her name,” the lawyers said in a statement.
Chanting, “Say her name” and “No justice, no peace”, demonstrators and activists in Louisville, Kentucky, have promised to continue their fight for justice.
On the other hand, protests over the grand jury’s decision also took place in New York, Washington, Atlanta, and Chicago.
Meanwhile, a state of emergency has been declared and the National Guard has been deployed. A three-day curfew from 21:00 to 06:30 (01:00-10:30 GMT) has been introduced, though crowds were still gathered after it came into effect.
Cases of killings of unarmed black people by police have fuelled anger across the US and beyond, spurred especially by the death of George Floyd in police.