Protests erupted in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday after a grand jury declined to charge two of the three police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.
Officers shot Taylor in her own Louisville home in March. Her death became a focal point of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests that have continued across the country this year.
One of the officers was charged for firing shots that could have injured Taylor’s neighbors, but not over her death.
Protests spread, and two Louisville Metro police officers were shot.
Demonstrations have erupted in cities across the US. Here’s what Louisville looked like on Wednesday:
Breonna Taylor’s name and image became a key part of the anti-racism and anti-police-brutality movement that swept the US.
Taylor was a 26-year-old EMT.
Taylor was shot eight times in her Louisville home on March 26.
Police were there as part of a drugs bust.
They used a “no-knock” warrant, which means they were not required to identify themselves before entering her home.
An attorney for Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said Walker fired a shot as a warning to the officers.
Kentucky’s attorney general said the three police officers fired 26 shots.
The grand jury result — in which nobody was indicted over her death — sparked new protests and memorials in Louisville.
Protesters hugged after the decision was announced. Only one officer was indicted, over stray bullets which entered a neighboring apartment.
And major protests took place in other US cities, like Colorado, New York, Washington, Chicago, and Atlanta. This was Denver:
In Louisville, police marched through the city.
Police and protesters clashed. Police say around 100 protesters were arrested.
Riot police in the city used tear gas and stun grenades to clear protesters from Jefferson Square Park.
And then ran towards groups of protesters.
In this scene, a trash fire burns across from the city’s Hall of Justice courthouse.
The National Guard was also there.
And FBI officers, too.
And police rode through the city in armored vehicles.
Two police officers were shot in downtown Louisville on Wednesday.
Armed police watched over the scene.
Louisville Assistant Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said that both officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and a suspect is in custody.
He said that both officers were at the university hospital — one in stable condition, and another undergoing surgery but also stable.
Police said that “several locations” were looted early on Thursday morning, after the city’s curfew came into effect.
Police declared downtown protests unlawful before the 9 p.m. curfew as several fires were set, a police spokesman said.
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