Two days ago, the Louisville Chief of Police Robert J. Schroeder enacted a “state of emergency” for Louisville Police officers in the lead-up to an announcement relating to the highly publicized death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.
UPDATE: 2nd Police Officer Shot Amid Ongoing Protests and Riots
As we mentioned at the time, reports had emerged that the LMPD and National Guard were boarding up federal buildings, leading many to predict that none of the police will be charged following Taylor’s death, and that police are preparing themselves for an uproar.
This morning, it was indeed revealed that while one of the officers involved in executing the no-knock warrant at Breonna Taylor’s residents would be charged with “wanton endangerment”, none of the three officers involved in Ms. Taylor’s case would be charged with homicide.
Following the announcement, protests and riots have broken out throughout Louisville, and 29 protestors have been arrested, with close to half of those arrests due to property damage.
Then at 8:37pm, an LMPD spokesperson confirmed that a police officer had been shot downtown. No further details have yet been revealed, though the spokesperson said the officer is headed to hospital and the department would address the matter.
The uproar follows over 100 days of Black Lives Matter Riots, spurred by both the death of George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, who both died amid altercations with police in March this year. In Breonna’s case, she was shot and killed during a no-knock warrant carried out by Louisville Police.