Louisville protests lead to shooting of two police officers after Breonna Taylor ruling
KENTUCKY (US) – Two police officers were shot and were injured late on Wednesday in Louisville, Kentucky, amid protests of a grand jury ruling denounced by civil rights activists in the brutal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in March.
The grand jury decided that the three white officers who were involved in the fatal police raid on Taylor’s apartment would not be charged directly for her death. However, one officer was brought to indictment on charges of violating her neighbors.
This has came after more than six months following the killing of Taylor, 26, a Black emergency medical technician and aspiring nurse, in front of her armed boyfriend. The three officers had barged into her home with a search warrant in a drug trafficking investigation.
Her death continued to be a symbol against racial injustice and police brutality across the United States.
Soon after the grand jury announcement, protesters marched for hours in the streets of Kentucky chanting, “No lives matter until Black lives matter,”.
In the protests, two officers were shot and wounded, interim Louisville Metropolitan Police chief Robert Schroeder told.
Schroeder said one suspect was arrested, and while the two wounded officers were in stable condition, one was undergoing surgery.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the two officers, Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were defended under Kentucky law as it found that they were only reacting to Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who shot at them.
The third officer, former Detective Brett Hankison, was indicted on the basis of an offense which figures at the lowest level of felony crimes in Kentucky. It has a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.
Though six bullets hit Taylor, ballistics investigators found that only one shot, fired by Cosgrove, was fatal, Cameron said.
Cameron, a Black Republican, said, “There is no doubt that this is a gut-wrenching, emotional case.”
Mayor Greg Fischer said the US Justice Department was still probing whether federal laws were breached in connection to Taylor’s death.
He said, “It’s clear that there are policies and procedures that needed to be changed, because Breonna Taylor should still be alive. Let’s turn to each other, not on each other, at this moment of opportunity.”
President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he was praying for the two officers shot on Wednesday.
Joe Biden said the grand jury did not deliver justice for Taylor, however he hoped that the federal probe of her death would help.
“We do not need to wait for the final judgment of that investigation to do more to deliver justice for Breonna,” he added.