Police and Protesters Violently Clash in Washington After Breonna Taylor Announcement

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Police and demonstrators violently clashed during a protest in Washington on September 23, in response to police charges in relation to Breonna Taylor’s killing.

Footage of the protest shows demonstrators marching and chanting, “who did they kill, Breonna Taylor.” Additional video shows protesters and police getting into verbal and physical altercations.

Former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. Hankison’s bond was set at $15,000. Hankison was fired from the police force on June 23 for his role in the shooting death of Taylor.

Sgt Jonathan Mattingly and detective Myles Cosgrove, the two other officers who fired their weapons while trying to serve a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment in the early hours of March 13, were not charged.

Jefferson Circuit Judge Annie O’Connell read the grand jury’s decision on Wednesday afternoon as demonstrators calling for justice gathered around speakers outside the Louisville Metro Police Department. This video shows one woman’s emotional reaction to the decision.

The LMPD declared a state of emergency on Monday in preparation for the grand jury announcement and canceled officers’ vacation and planned leave “until further notice,” reports said.

The Courier-Journal reported officers shot and 27 protesters arrested, as of 9pm on September 23. Credit: Sean Michael Love, Black House News via Storyful

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