Louisville, Ky. — At least seven people were shot as hundreds of
protesters in downtown Louisville gathered to demand justice for
Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Louisville ER tech who was shot
and killed by Louisville Metro Police in March.
Some shots were heard on scene just before 11:30 p.m., and a
police spokeswoman confirmed the injuries at 1 a.m. in a
statement. Two victims required surgery.
"There have been some arrests, but at this time we are not able
to tell you how many as the situation is ongoing," the statement
from spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. "Information on those
arrests will be available tomorrow through court records of the
Police officers did not fire their guns, Smiley said.
Mayor Greg Fischer
I urge protesters, as Breonna Taylor’s family said tonight, to
say her name. But let’s not see anyone else get hurt. Let’s work
together for peace, justice & for Breonna & all of Louisville.
11:52 PM - May 28, 2020
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Chants of "no justice, no peace" echoed through the streets as
night fell and the hundreds who gathered traveled down Jefferson
and Main streets. What started as a peaceful protest in the
evening escalated as the night drew on, with the crowd being
teargassed and glass storefronts shattered. As heavy rains moved
into the area in the early morning hours, much of the crowd
The protests in Louisville unfurled as other cities saw similar
demonstrations over police killings of black Americans,
including in Phoenix, Denver and Minneapolis, where a man named
George Floyd died after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd's
neck. Floyd's death was captured on camera, igniting a reaction
across the nation.