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2 Officers Shot in Louisville amid Protests over Failure of Justice to Breonna Taylor


Two police officers in Louisville Metro Police Department were shot Wednesday night amid huge protests in the US city of Louisville after a grand jury decided no charges on the officers for killing unarmed black woman Breonna Taylor. Ms Taylor, 26, a hospital worker, was shot multiple times as three officers stormed her home on 13 March.

Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder told reporters that one officer is in surgery, and both are in stable condition. A suspect is in custody, according to Schroeder.

A state of emergency has been declared in Louisville and the National Guard have also been deployed. Mayor Greg Fischer has set a 21:00-06:30 (01:00-10:30 GMT) curfew in the city for three days. He earlier said he had declared a state of emergency "due to the potential for civil unrest".

The rising cases of the black people by police have brought huge protests all over U.S after the custodial death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis officer. The case of Breonna Taylor was as such, which fueled the anger on the injustice movement.

Louisville Metro Police Department officers fired pepper balls into crowds on Wednesday during protests over a grand jury’s failure to charge three officers for the killing of Taylor, the clash lead to the shooting of officers.

EMT and aspiring nurse Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot to death by police in her own home on March 13.

Ms. Taylor was asleep with her boyfriend,  Kenneth Walker, when three officers, later identified as Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove , who had secured a no-knock warrant to search her home in connection with a drug case, broke through her apartment’s front door. 

Her boyfriend, thinking they were invaders because they did n't address themselves as police officers, shot at them, according to his attorney. Officers responded by firing more than 20 bullets, according to attorneys for her family. At least six bullets hit and killed Ms. Taylor, the attorney general said Wednesday.

Taylor’s mother told the Washington Post that she had received a call from Walker, who said someone was trying to break into the apartment before shouting, “I think they shot Breonna.” According to his attorney, Walker fired a shot in self-defense and struck an officer in the leg. Walker is a licensed firearm carrier. 

Walker was arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder on a police officer. Later in the month, he was released from jail on home incarceration, and on May 26, the charges against him were dismissed. 

One, Brett Hankison, has been charged, not with Ms Taylor's death, but with "wanton endangerment" for firing into a neighbour's apartment in Louisville.

Two other officers face no charges.

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