A grand jury in Kentucky moved to indict one former Louisville, Kentucky, police officer involved in the raid that led to Breonna Taylor’s death in her home earlier this year. While Brett Hankison is charged with wanton endangerment for allegedly shooting multiple rounds into a neighboring apartment, none of the officers were charged for shooting Taylor.
The news sparked massive protests and rioting across sections of the city on Wednesday, including one violent outburst that resulted in two local cops being shot, as reported by Breitbart.
“Burn it down!”
Video footage revealed a mob of demonstrators marching and chanting sometimes threatening slogans. At least one participant apparently acted on that violent message.
“We didn’t get it, burn it down!” yelled one crowd in a clip that circulated widely via social media on Wednesday afternoon.
After dark, a citywide curfew drew closer as the remaining protests grew more violent. According to Louisville’s interim police chief, two officers were shot and injured.
Robert Schroeder further confirmed that one suspect had been arrested. Both injured officers were reported to be in stable condition.
More examples of mayhem
Unfortunately, the chaos was not limited to Louisville, as protests over the grand jury’s decision spread to other major cities throughout the course of the day.
Portland, Oregon, which has been a hotbed of civil unrest for months, once again saw protests devolve into lawlessness this week when a rioter reportedly hurled a Molotov cocktail at police as officers attempted to clear a street.
While many activists have spent much of the year participating in arguably productive demonstrations, the far-too-frequent outbreak of violence and destruction only serves to undermine any righteous cause being undertaken by the peaceful protesters in the same cities.