Anger over the Kentucky grand jury judgment in the death of young African-American Breonna Taylor, shot dead by police officers just over six months ago, spilled over into the provinces on Wednesday. streets of several major American cities, where the treatment of officers has been strongly denounced.
In Louisville, where Breonna Taylor was shot, hundreds of people gathered despite the 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. curfew imposed by Mayor Greg Fischer.
The authorities, who were deployed in large numbers, said they had arrested 127 people; some vandalized businesses while others attempted to use city-owned vehicles to erect barricades, police said.
Later that evening, protesters who refused to comply with the order to disperse were arrested on charges of violating the curfew and illegal assembly, police said in a statement.
Two police officers who were at around 8:30 p.m. local time at the scene of one of the protests in that town were shot and wounded. One of the two officers had to undergo surgery.
Their condition is stable and their life is not threatened, said police, who declined to comment on the arrest of a potential suspect responsible for the shootings that injured officers.
If the night was rough in Louisville, it was also in several cities of the United States, where the protest movement also stormed the streets. Boston, Washington, Chicago, Seattle and Philadelphia were notably the scene of demonstrations.
The reason for the anger of the demonstrators: none of the three agents who broke into Breonna Taylor's home last March, breaking down the door of his home, was prosecuted for his homicide. One of the police officers, who has not worked since, was accused in this case on Wednesday, but for having "endangered" in a way
unjustified Mrs. Taylor's neighbors.
In New York City, thousands of people have crossed the Manhattan Bridge and blocked all traffic to demand justice for Breonna Taylor and her loved ones.
On the Atlanta side of Georgia, police resorted to
chemical agents to disperse demonstrators who tried to get on a SWAT vehicle. Some protesters were arrested, state police spokeswoman Franka Young said, without specifying the number.
In the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, an event was also organized to denounce the decision of the Kentucky grand jury. Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, who was killed by a police officer in 2016, spoke to the crowd.
I don't want (…) to be forgotten all the innocent lives that have been taken, she said. We cannot forget them.
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