Nationwide Protests Turn Violent; Two Cops Shot In Louisville, Suspect Arrested

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by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Sep 24, 2020 - 05:45 AM

(Update 0010ET): A suspect has been arrested in the shooting of two Louisville police officers.

The shooting was reported during a livestream on LMPD's Facebook page in which an officer can be heard saying "Officer down" and "Take cover," according to WTHR. ("Officer down" at 1:15 below)

According to FBI Louisville, a SWAT team was activated and sent to the scene. The officers were said to have sustained "non life-threatening" injuries. According to Fox5 Atlanta, one officer is alert and stable while the second was undergoing surgery.

Beyond Louisville, Protests raged in major cities across the country following what activists considered a lack of justice in the Brionna Taylor shooting - including Washington DC, Atlanta, Denver and New York City.

In Denver, multiple individuals were struck after a driver was surrounded by BLM protesters.

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(Update 2145ET): The situation has grown more tense in Louisville after a Metro Police Officer was shot downtown according to an LMPD spokesperson, who offered no further details. There are unconfirmed reports that a second officer was shot as well.

Elsewhere, police officers stood guard with guns drawn as protesters heckled them.

Both the FBI and National Guard have been deployed:

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The Governor of Kentucky has activated the National Guard and State Police after Brionna Taylor protests began to heat up.

Meanwhile, the Louisville Metro Police Department is livestreaming their response:

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A police officer in the shooting of Brionna Taylor has been indicted by a Grand Jury and charged with three counts of 'wanton endangerment' of the first degree in Taylor's death, after he was found to have "blindly" fired 10 rounds into Taylor's apartment after her boyfriend opened fire on the police.

Bond for the officer, Brett Hankison, has been set at $15,000. According to Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Hankison faces up to 5 years in prison for each count.

Notably, two other officers involved in the incident were not charged, while more serious charges were not brought against Hankison, per The Hill. According to Cameron, the other officers were "justified in their use of force."

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The National Guard, meanwhile, is on standby.

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The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky has announced a 72-hour curfew from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. beginning Wednesday evening in anticipation of riots over the grand jury decision in the case of Breonna Taylor. Exemptions will be made for work, medical aid and attending worship.

A demonstrator holds up a sign of Breonna Taylor during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

"We must plan for the potential of large gatherings," said Mayor Greg Fischer. "Our goal is ensuring space and opportunity for people to express their First Amendment rights."

The move comes after Fischer declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, signing two executive orders which "allows him to exercise any of his emergency powers" in response to Wednesday's 1:30 p.m. announcement over whether officers will face charges.

Taylor was shot and killed by LMPD officers serving a search warrant on her apartment when her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on what he says he thought were intruders. Taylor was shot five times.

Taylor's family has received a $12 million dollar settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit, however if the officers are not charged, downtown Louisville is likely go off.

Stores in downtown Louisville have boarded up in anticipation of civil unrest.

According to Summit News, Target stores as far as a 20 minute drive from downtown have boarded up