Officers fire rubber bullets at journalists in Kentucky amid protests
May 31 2020
Late on Thursday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer shared a post on Twitter which he said was written on behalf of Ms Taylor's mother, urging protesters to be peaceful. The cost of the damage could take days to assess.
The mayor has said that two of the victims require surgery. Officers shot back, hitting Taylor in the process. "I've been shot!" Video shows a police officer aiming directly at the camera crew, as Rust describes the projectiles as "pepper bullets". "No officers fired their weapons. If you hear anything to the contrary, that is not factual".
"Breonna devoted her own life to saving other lives, to helping others, to making people smile and to bringing people together", the statement said.
"Changes are being made, but it is not enough".
"Please keep saying her name", Palmer said in the statement. "Please keep demanding justice and accountability, but let's do it the right way without hurting each other".
A day after that announcement, on May 21, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said he plans to retire in June, as scrutiny over his department's handling of the Taylor case was drawing national attention. He had been charged with first-degree assault and attempting to murder a police officer, though Walker has maintained he thought the officers, who were executing a "no knock" warrant, were intruders.
The new deaths are reported in Jefferson (8), Nelson, Gallatin, Metcalfe, Taylor and Hopkins counties.
On May 14 Andy Beshear, governor of Kentucky, asked the state attorney general Daniel Cameron to 'carefully review the results of the initial investigation to ensure justice is done'.
In a tweet later Friday, Beshear wrote, "My heart aches for Louisville & our country". Breonna Taylor's family & the public deserve the truth. "We cannot let Breonna's legacy be marred by violence, and we can't let our streets turn violent".
Protests erupted in Minneapolis this week after video emerged showing a police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck. Large crowds gathered in both places, even as experts warned people to continue to avoid big gatherings to stall the spread of the coronavirus.
"We must find a way to stop this cycle of injustice", Fischer said before urging residents of Louisville for peace in future protests. Instead, they provided aid to the wounded, he said. Bracing for more protests, police said they wouldn't tolerate violence or property destruction.
The audio of a 911 call made by Taylor's boyfriend, who was with her that night, was released earlier Thursday. "Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend". "Kenneth Walker is a great man". But shortly after 11:30 p.m., gunfire erupted. My heart breaks for these three precious souls, and their families and friends.
WAVE 3 said the Louisville police acknowledged that one of their officers appeared to have fired and would investigate.