Seven Shot in Protests Over Louisville Police Shooting

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At least seven people were shot in Louisville as protesters demanded justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot by police in her home in March, the Associated Press reports. One victim was in critical condition. Police said there were “some arrests,” and “no officers discharged their service weapons,” said police spokesman Sgt. Lamont Washington wrote in an email. Hundreds of demonstrators marched downtown on Thursday night. The protests stretched for more than six hours, ending early Friday as rain poured down. “Understandably, emotions are high,” Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted just before midnight, sharing a Facebook post asking for peace that he said was written on behalf of Taylor’s mother. “As Breonna’s mother says let’s be peaceful as we work toward truth and justice.”

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot eight times on March 13 after narcotics detectives knocked down her front door. No drugs were found in her home. Attention on Taylor’s death has intensified after her family sued the police department this month. The case has attracted national headlines alongside the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February. Fischer tweeted a video he said was a message from Taylor’s family. “Louisville, thank you so much for saying Breonna’s name tonight. We are not going to stop until we get justice,” a woman says in the video. “But we should stop tonight before people get hurt.” Video showed protesters behind makeshift wooden barricades, which appeared to be made out of picnic tables spray painted with the words “You can’t kill us all.” A small fire inside a trash can was visible in the middle of the street. Police in body armor and face shields held batons and lined up around Louisville City Hall. They appeared to fire rubber bullets and deploy tear gas canisters.

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