7 shot at Louisville protest over fatal police shooting

LOUISVILLE (AP) – At least seven people were shot in Louisville as protesters turned out to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot by police in her home in March.

Louisville Metro Police confirmed in a statement early Friday that there were at least seven shooting victims, at least one of whom is in critical condition. The statement said there were “some arrests”, but police didn’t provide a number.

“No officers discharged their service weapons,” police spokesman Sergeant Lamont Washington wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press (AP). Washington said that all seven were civilians.

Around 500 to 600 demonstrators marched through the Kentucky city’s downtown streets on Thursday night, the Courier Journal reported. The protests stretched for more than six hours, ending in the early hours yesterday as rain poured down.

“Understandably, emotions are high,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted just before midnight, sharing a Facebook post asking for peace that he said was written on behalf of Taylor’s mother. “As Breonna’s mother says let’s be peaceful as we work toward truth and justice.”

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical tech, was shot eight times on March 13 after Louisville narcotics detectives knocked down the front door.

No drugs were found in the home. Attention on Taylor’s death has intensified after her family sued the police department earlier this month.

The case has attracted national headlines alongside the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia neighbourhood in February.

Thursday’s demonstration came as protesters across the country – from Los Angeles to Memphis, Tennessee, to New York to Minneapolis itself – have demonstrated against the death of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis police custody.