Two police officers were shot in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday night, Sept. 23, after riots erupted across the country in response to a Kentucky grand jury verdict to not bring murder charges against one of the three police involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
The charges handed down against former LMPD Officer Brett Hankison were not directly related to Taylor’s death but were related to being reckless by firing stray bullets into a neighbor’s home. Angry demonstrators have flocked to the streets to protest, with protests occurring in other cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, and New York City.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) September 24, 2020
Black Lives Matter protesters in Providence argue with police and refuse to clear the highway, chanting Breonna Taylor in response to peaceful requests. pic.twitter.com/R9ADwoffId
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 24, 2020
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said the charges are “outrageous and offensive to Breonna Taylor’s memory.” “It’s yet another example of no accountability for the genocide of persons of color by white police officers,” he said in a joint statement with co-counsels Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker.
“With all we know about Breonna Taylor’s killing, how could a fair and just system result in today’s decision?” he continued.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder said at a press conference that both officers were shot while investigating gunshots coming from a large crowd in the area around 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
“One is alert and stable, the other officer is currently undergoing surgery and stable,” Schroeder said, adding that one suspect was in custody. Schroeder said the shooting happened at the intersection of First and Broadway, reports Fox News.
“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” he answered a reporter. “I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of utmost importance.”
Louisville: Here is the moment the gun shots rang out
After police fired 2 intimidating non lethal munitions in the sky
You can hear 9 gun shots fired following the 2 munitions pic.twitter.com/z1QbsBEYCx
— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) September 24, 2020
President Trump tweeted shortly afterward on Wednesday night that he was “praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky. The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. Spoke to @GovAndyBeshear and we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!”
Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky. The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. Spoke to @GovAndyBeshear and we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2020
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted late Wednesday “Our hearts go out to the two @LMPD officers who were shot. Please pray for them and their families, & pray for our city, and all who are in pain today. For anyone who is still out, please go home tonight. Violence doesn’t get us closer to a fair, just, and equitable city.”
Our hearts go out to the two @LMPD officers who were shot. Please pray for them and their families, & pray for our city, and all who are in pain today. For anyone who is still out, please go home tonight. Violence doesn’t get us closer to a fair, just and equitable city. pic.twitter.com/fDTZkjIROj
— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) September 24, 2020
WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported a third police officer was injured although not shot, and two civilians had also been shot.
Videos and photos in Louisville show tense confrontations between rioters and police on Wednesday night.
People are trying to set fire to boards protecting the widows on the Hall of Justice in Louisville. pic.twitter.com/iSjp1cXvLs
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 23, 2020
On March 13, police had entered Taylor’s apartment, and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired on police officers, later stating he believed them to be intruders, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Taylor was shot and killed in the crossfire.