Louisville in “flames”: The Governor asked for the National Guard and there are dozens of detainees

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  • Louisville in “flames”: The Governor asked the National Guard and there are dozens of detainees.
  • Cops injured and dozens arrested in Louisville race riots.
  • Louisville authorities decided to declare a state of emergency, close shops and offices and declare a curfew from 9 at night until 6 in the morning.

At least two police officers were wounded by gunshot wounds and 46 people were arrested in a night of protests and violent riots in Louisville, Kentucky.

It came after the state attorney’s office decided not to charge any police officer involved in the shooting death in a house search of African-American Breonna Taylor in March with murder.

As soon as the decision of the Prosecutor’s Office was known, hundreds of people came out to demonstrate in Louisville, where Taylor resided.

But also in New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Colorado or Los Angeles, where the cry for social justice and the end of racism that has taken thousands of people to the streets since May in the United States was repeated.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday that “after a thorough investigation” they saw no reason to charge any of the three officers who broke into the apartment of Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical operator, with murder in March. , to execute a search related to a drug retail investigation of an ex-boyfriend of the woman.

According to some witnesses, the agents did not identify themselves despite the fact that it was night and they were dressed in civilian clothes.

Agents responded with an indiscriminate barrage of more than thirty shots after Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, fired at them, thinking they were intruders.

Taylor, who was resting in his bed, was shot to death and since then his case has become a symbol of the fight for racial equality and against police brutality suffered by African Americans in the United States.

Since May, his death, along with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, has sparked protests and riots across the country.

Louisville in "calls": The National Guard and dozens of detainees

Officers advance after a Louisville agent was shot Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, during protests against racial injustice in Louisville, Kentucky. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

Louisville in “flames”: National Guard and dozens of detainees

The prosecutor, who relied on the opinion of a grand jury, decided this Wednesday that he will only accuse former police officer Brett Hankinson of reckless recklessness for having shot at a house neighboring Taylor’s, in no case for anything that led to the death of African American woman.

Hankinson was released after posting bail of $ 15,000, while agents Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, who fired the shots that hit Taylor, were exonerated because their action was “justified”, according to the findings of the Prosecutor’s Office.

Faced with the possibility of altercations, the Louisville authorities decided to declare a state of emergency, close shops and offices, and declare a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

According to Acting Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder, two police officers suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to a hospital where they were stabilized, although one of them required surgery.

Schroeder explained that they arrested a suspect in the shooting, which according to videos circulating on social networks would have occurred when anti-riot agents tried to displace some protesters.

The protests resulted in more than 46 detainees and some material damage due to fires in the administrative center of the city, where protests have been held for months over Taylor’s death.

Trump praised at a press conference Cameron’s decision not to do “crowd justice” and to overcome the pressure of public opinion.

Louisville in "calls": The National Guard and dozens of detainees

Police officers and protesters clash during a protest Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

Louisville in “flames”: National Guard and dozens of detainees

He also expressed his regret for the injured officers on Twitter and offered to help the city with the deployment of federal agents in a call with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat. “We are willing to work together as required,” he said.

The president has focused his message in this final stretch before the presidential elections in November in calling for “law and order” and a strong hand against the protesters, without resorting to any gesture of reconciliation or recognizing the systemic racism of some institutions, including the Policeman.

The Louisville city council agreed last month to pay Taylor’s family $ 12 million for her death, one of the highest settlement for a death of police brutality against African Americans.

The mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, dissociated this agreement to exonerate the agents by criminal means at a press conference and assured that the amount wants to open a path to “reconciliation” in the city.

The councilor also recalled that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is conducting a criminal investigation into the case and the city’s Police Department is reviewing whether some of the police procedures that led to the death of Taylor, who had not been charged with no crime or filed with a search warrant, need changes.

Louisville in “flames”: National Guard and dozens of detainees

On Wednesday, President Trump praised Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear for calling the National Guard hours before two police officers were shot during protests following a grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case, according to reports. Fox News.

Governor Beshear said Monday that the city of Louisville made a “blanket request” for state assistance “about a week ago” in anticipation of the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor shooting case involving police.

“I’ll speak to the governor, we have a call scheduled,” Trump said during a news conference at the White House. “I understand you have called the National Guard. That is good. Everything will be fine. “

Trump had previously said that he did not know enough about the case to comment, but said later that he had since been informed.

When asked earlier about his message to the black community that he felt “justice had not been done,” he turned to his record. He has said that he loves the black community and that he has done more for African Americans than any other president, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln.

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