Louisville police officers shot during nationwide Breonna Taylor protests

Two police officers have been shot in Kentucky in the US after no officers were charged with offences directly linked to the killing of Breonna Taylor in March.

Protesters have been marching in Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city, with some arrested after scuffles broke out with officers.

At a news conference Louisville, police chief Robert Schroeder said the officers were hit after deploying to the centre of the city following reports of shots being fired.

He said they were being treated at University Hospital where one was “alert and stable” with the other “undergoing surgery and stable”.

He added that one suspect was in custody.

Protesters and police clash in Louisville, Kentucky following the decision not to charge officers directly involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor
Image:Protesters and police clash in Louisville during Breonna Taylor protests

Police in protective gear, National Guard members and armoured military vehicles ordered into Louisville as protesters responded with tears and anger following grand jury decision not to charge police officers for the fatal shooting of Ms Taylor.

Prosecutors announced a single officer had been indicted, though not on charges directly involving the 26-year-old’s death on 13 March.

    Police officers make arrests during protests on Wednesday
    Image:Police officers make arrests during Louisville protests on Wednesday

    Of the three officers involved, Brett Hankison was the only one to be indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment – after he fired his gun into neighbouring apartments.

    He could face up to five years in prison for each of the three counts.

    Brett Hankison has been charged with wanton endangerment Pic: Shelby County Detention Center
    Image:Brett Hankison has been charged with wanton endangerment Pic: Shelby County Detention Center

    Kentucky’s attorney general Daniel Cameron said the investigation found the remaining two officers were justified in their use of force.

    When police lined up with shields outside the courthouse, protesters threw plastic water bottles at them.

    Later on, police in riot gear fired flash bangs and formed a line at Jefferson Square – which has been at the centre of the protests.

    Breonna Taylor was a qualified emergency medical technician. Pic: Family
    Image:Breonna Taylor was a qualified emergency medical technician. Pic: Family

    The square largely cleared before a nighttime coronavirus curfew as demonstrators marched through other parts of downtown Louisville.

    Protests have erupted across the US in retaliation to the Breonna Taylor decision, with demonstrators marching through the streets of New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

    Demonstrators march in the street in Louisville after no officers were charged with the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor
    Image:Demonstrators march in the street in Louisville after no officers were charged with the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor

    Protesters in New York were heard chanting, “Say her name, Breonna Taylor,” as they marched on a street in downtown Brooklyn.

    A grand jury brought no charged for killing Ms Taylor, who was shot multiple times by police who burst into her home during a drug raid gone wrong. While there were no drugs in Ms Taylor’s apartment, her boyfriend shot and injured a police officer.

    Kentucky Attorney General - Daniel Cameron

    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the investigation found that two police officers were

    President Donald Trump praised Kentucky’s Republican attorney general for his handling of the investigation into Ms Taylor’s death.

    He read from Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s statement that “justice is not often easy.”

    “I said, ‘Write that down for me please cause I think it was a terrific statement,'” the US president said.

    Mark Gibson

    Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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