Seven people were reportedly shot Thursday night during a protest in Kentucky over a woman who police fatally shot in March while executing a search warrant at her apartment.
WFPL reported that the peaceful demonstration, which occurred in downtown Louisville, turned violent after several hours. Police said that several hundred protestors blocked the Louisville Metro Hall before someone broke an arm off a statue and others slashed tires.
Officials said that none of the shots were fired by police, who they claimed only engaged protestors after they damaged property. WLKY reported that two shooting victims remain hospitalized in stable condition.
Thursday’s protest was over the death of Breonna Taylor, 26, an EMT who Louisville narcotics detectives shot eight times while executing a search warrant. No drugs were found in the home, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Louisville Metro police claimed they announced themselves and were returning gunfire from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Walker was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault but prosecutors dropped the charges last week, claiming they needed more evidence.
The FBI is investigating Taylor’s death. The Louisville Metro Police Department announced that officers will be required to wear body cameras.
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