A protest in Louisville, Kentucky, resulted in violence this week when at least seven people were shot on Thursday evening, according to Breitbart.
Reports indicate the protest began at about 6 p.m. as demonstrators gathered in the streets. Heavy rains later forced the crowds to disperse, but not before reports of shots fired.
Shortly before midnight, gunfire reportedly erupted and several injured citizens were transported to a local hospital. Although many details were not immediately available, police and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer confirmed that police officers on the scene did not fire their weapons.
“Stable and recovering”
Fischer confirmed that the shots “came from within the crowd, not from officers,” going on to provide an update on the victims.
He said on Friday that five of the individuals were in “good condition,” though the other two required surgery and were “stable and recovering.”
Protests this week stem from the death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who was unarmed and in her apartment when police fatally shot her in March. Demonstrators are particularly upset because the officers involved have not been arrested and are on administrative leave while the shooting remains under investigation.
Tensions in this community and others across the country have been compounded by the death of George Floyd, who was seen handcuffed and pleading for air as a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest on Monday. Floyd lost consciousness and ultimately died. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
In Louisville, protests continued on Friday after Taylor’s younger sister, Juniyah Palmer, pleaded with demonstrators to put an end to the violence.
“Started out as a peaceful protest”
“We are not going to stop until we get justice,” she said. “But we should stop tonight before people get hurt.”
LMPD spokeswoman Jessie Halladay echoed her call for peace, adding that Thursday’s shootings are “not what we want” for Louisville.
“What we are seeing tonight in this community is the obvious frustration and tension between police and residents,” she said. “What started out as a peaceful protest earlier this evening is now escalating into property damage, more aggressive action and we’ve just heard reports of shots fired in the crowd.”
Americans of all backgrounds have expressed unified outrage over Floyd’s death — and incidents like the police shooting that killed Taylor have long been the subject of protests. It is also clear, however, that riots causing massive destruction and even more violence are not helping anything.