A suspect has been detained in the shooting of two Louisville police officers during last night’s BLM riots.
Rioters chose to burn, pillage and wreak havoc over the fact that a woman, who was in bed with her drug dealing boyfriend, was shot after her boyfriend opened fire of police officers who identified themselves before trying to execute an arrest warrant.
Little is known about the suspect who apparently tried to murder law enforcement officers.
Two Louisville Metro Police Department officers were shot Wednesday evening in downtown Louisville amid protests after a Kentucky grand jury did not bring murder charges against any of the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
— Tyler Emery (@TylerWHAS11) September 24, 2020
Louisville Police Chief told reporters that the two officers are in stable and receiving medical treatment. …
Police came out of the Hall of Justice in Louisville to put out the fires that had been started and were attacked with projectiles by rioters. The police fell back inside the building. An unlawful assembly has been declared. pic.twitter.com/EVEbqje7gr
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 23, 2020
Multiple fire have been started in downtown Louisville. As a bonus, something exploded right in front of me. pic.twitter.com/9t67SwfWuH
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 23, 2020
Around 500 Kentucky National Guard members were authorized for Louisville by Gov. Andy Beshear (D).
A Jefferson County grand jury indicted one of three police officers involved in Taylor’s shooting inside her Louisville apartment. The charges are connected to the firing of shots into the neighboring apartment. Former officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
As Breitbart News reported:
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron explained Wednesday afternoon that no police officers would be charged directly for the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March because they knocked before entering her boyfriend’s apartment.
Taylor, 26, an emergency medical technician, was killed in the crossfire when her boyfriend opened fire at police, thinking they were intruders.
After expressing his condolences to Taylor’s family, Cameron explained that the officers who had shot Taylor would not be charged because they had been fired upon first, and because her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, testified that they had knocked first.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement regarding Cameron’s announcement, saying: “Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron led a complete inquiry to find the truth and pursue justice. I have total confidence he followed the facts and the legal process in his decision.”
The FBI, meanwhile, said its investigation of the shooting was still underway despite the state’s announcement. The agency opened the probe in May.
“FBI Louisville continues its federal investigation into all aspects of the death of Breonna Taylor,” FBI spokesman Tim Beam told the Louisville Courier Journal. “This work will continue beyond the state charges announced today.
An array of activists, politicians and celebrities have called for all three officers to face murder charges. Presidential candidate Joe Biden said earlier this month the officers “need to be charged.”
His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, tweeted in June, “We can’t forget about Black women in our quest for justice.”
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency Tuesday out of concern for potential civil unrest following the decision. The declaration allowed him to set curfews.
Shortly after a police news conference, reports emerged on social media that a third police officer may have been injured.
The two police victims confirmed by authorities were being treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Interim Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Robert Schroeder said in a short news conference around 10 p.m. ET.
[Interim, because the former chief was fired after actually allowing the National Guard to defend federal officers from rioters a few months ago.]
“One is alert and stable, the other officer is currently undergoing surgery and stable,” Schroeder said, adding that one suspect was in custody. The suspect was not identified and potential charges were not available.
One officer was shot in the abdomen, below a bulletproof vest, while the other was shot in a thigh, sources told the Courier-Journal of Louisville.
Schroeder said the shootings happened at the intersection of First and Broadway. It was unclear whether the protests played a role in the shootings.
“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” he told a reporter. “I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of utmost importance.”
President Trump on Wednesday night tweeted he was “Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky. The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. Spoke to @GovAndyBeshear and we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!”
A third officer reportedly suffered minor injuries but wasn’t shot, a reporter with WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported. The station reported that two civilians also were shot.
The charges against former LMPD Officer Brett Hankison were for recklessly firing stray bullets that found their way into a neighboring family’s home. He was fired in June.
Taylor was shot and killed in the crossfire when her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, allegedly opened fire on police officers who entered her apartment March 13, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Walker has stated he believed the officers were intruders.