Breonna Taylor: Louisville police officer shot during nationwide protests

September 24, 2020

At least one police officer has been shot in Kentucky in the US after no officers were charged with offences directly linked to the killing of Breonna Taylor in March. 

Protesters have been marching in Louisville, Kentucky's largest city, with some arrested after scuffles broke out with officers.

Louisville police did not provide further information on the circumstances of the shooting or details on the officer's condition.

''We currently have an officer shot. We'll update when we can," police said in a statement.

Police in protective gear, National Guard members and armoured military vehicles were seen in the centre of the Kentucky city as protesters responded with tears and anger after a grand jury declined to charge police officers for the fatal shooting of Ms Taylor during a botched drug raid.

Wednesday's demonstrations were reignited after prosecutors announced a single officer had been indicted, though not on charges involving the 26-year-old's death on 13 March.

Of the three officers involved, Brett Hankison was the only one to be indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment - after he fired his gun into neighbouring apartments.

He could face up to five years in prison for each of the three counts.

Kentucky's attorney general Daniel Cameron said the investigation found the remaining two officers were justified in their use of force.

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