Anger, frustration and sadness over the decision not to charge Kentucky police officers for Breonna Taylor’s death poured into the nation’s streets as protesters lashed out at a criminal justice system they say is stacked against Blacks, the Associated Press reports. In Taylor’s hometown of Louisville, gunfire rang out and wounded two police officers. Hundreds of demonstrators chanted Taylor’s name and marched in cities including New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Portland. People gathered in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park, chanting demands for justice as drivers honked their horns. Police in Atlanta unleashed chemical agents and made arrests after some protesters tried to climb on a SWAT vehicle. In Wisconsin, peaceful marchers blocked traffic on an interstate and spoke about Taylor on the state Capitol steps.
Nearly 100 people were arrested in Louisville after what had been peaceful protests. Police said vehicles were damaged, fires were set in garbage cans and several stores were looted. Police Chief Robert Schroeder said the injured police officers were are expected to recover and a suspect was in custody. President Donald Trump read a statement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, saying “justice is not often easy.” He later tweeted that he was “praying for the two police officers that were shot.” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris called for policing reform. Biden said that while a federal investigation continues, “we do not need to wait for the final judgment of that investigation to do more to deliver justice for Breonna.” He said the country should start by addressing excessive force, banning chokeholds and overhauling no-knock warrants. Harris said, “We must never stop speaking Breonna’s name as we work to reform our justice system, including overhauling no-knock warrants.”