Death of Breonna Taylor

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Two policemen shot at Breonna Taylor protests

Protests resumed in Louisville after none of the three police officers involved in the operation would be directly accused of Breonna Taylor's death in March.

In protests that followed the judicial decision, two police officers were shot in Louisville. Their injuries are not life-threatening, according to acting police chief Robert Schroeder. One suspect has been arrested.

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Jury indicts police officer over the death of Breonna Taylor

A United States grand jury has moved forward and indicted one of the police officers, Officer Brett Hankison, involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.

Hankison has been charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the 1st degree. The other two officers have not been charged.

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Police in Louisville declares state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor decision
Police in Louisville declares state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor decision
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Following an internal memo released on Monday, the Louisville Metro Police Department is currently under a state of emergency. All departments are operating on emergency staffing and reporting, off-days are cancelled as well as unapproved vacation requests.

The decision as been made "in anticipation" of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

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Louisville settles wrongful death lawsuit filed by Breonna Taylor's family
Louisville settles wrongful death lawsuit filed by Breonna Taylor's family
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The city of Louisville has settled the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Breonna Taylor, the black woman who was shot by white police officers in her home on March 13, 2020. The family will receive a $12 million settlement and city officials have agreed on instituting reforms "aimed at preventing future deaths by police officers, according to three people familiar with the details," the New York Times reports.

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Louisville police arrested 68 people at Breonna Taylor protests
Louisville police arrested 68 people at Breonna Taylor protests
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During Tuesday's Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville, at least 68 people were arrested. According to Robert Schroeder, interim chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department, the protests were mostly peaceful but a group of protestors "crossed several intersections, creating dangerous situations as traffic continued to try to make its way in the area." Those who didn't follow the police orders to stay on the sidewalks were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the roadway.

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125 human rights abuses during BLM protests by US law enforcement, says Amnesty International
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020.
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020. Credit: unsplash.com/Koshu Kunii

According to a press release by Amnesty International, US law enforcement committed at least 125 incidents of police violence against "protestors, medics, journalists and legal observers in 40 states and D.C." during the Black Lives Matter protests in May and June.

The NGO further stated that US law enforcement "repeatedly used physical force, chemical irritants such as tear gas and pepper spray, and kinetic impact projectiles as a first resort tactic against peaceful protestors rather than as a response to any sort of actual threat or violence." Amnesty recorded 89 cases of use of tear gas, six incidents of the use of batons, 13 instances of the use of rubber bullets and 31 cases of unlawful pepper spray.

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1 dead and 1 injured during Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville
"Say Their Names" sign at a BLM protests in D.C.
"Say Their Names" sign at a BLM protests in D.C. Credit: unsplash.com/Clay Banks

One man was killed and another person was injured during a peaceful protest in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday night. Protestors had gathered at Jefferson Square Park to demand justice for Breonna Taylor when a man fired over a dozen shots at the protestors. The park was cleared and closed by police so homicide detectives can conduct their investigation to identify the people involved with the shooting.

In a statement on Facebook, Louisville mayor Greg Fischer wrote he was "deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered."

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Officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting to be fired by Louisville police
Det. Brett Hankison
Det. Brett Hankison Credit: Louisville Metro Police Department

Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison, one of the three officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, will be fired, Mayor Greg Fischer announced at a press conference Friday morning.

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Breonna's Law passed, banning "no-knock warrants" in Louisville
A sign at BLM protest in Atlanta, demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor
A sign at BLM protest in Atlanta, demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor Credit: unsplash.com/Maria Oswalt

On Thursday, the Metro Council of Louisville, Kentucky has unanimously passed Breonna's Law, banning "no-knock" search warrants. The law is named after Louisville 26-year-old resident Breonna Taylor who was shot in her home by police officers on March 13. Officers will be required the also turn on body cameras before entering and searching an apartment.

District 1 Councilwoman Jessica Green told WHAS: "This is probably the proudest moment I have had as a member of this council. So, it's a good day to be a Louisvillain. The entire world is watching us."