Louisville goes another night under curfew on Thursday after the us city was shaken by protests following the decision of justice not to prosecute for homicide to any of the officers involved in the death of the african-american Breonna Taylor. The measure was attributed by the lawyer of the Taylor family to the “devil of racism”.
The protests spread from Louisville to other cities in the united States after a grand jury decided not to place blame directly to any of the involved in the death of Taylor, a young man of 26 years who died in march during a shootout with police in his apartment.
More than a thousand demonstrators gathered in the centre of the city on Thursday for another night of demonstrations, and many sought refuge at the premises of a church after the start of the curfew.
“There is no way we can remain peaceful,” said Michael Pyles, a black man of 29 years old who said he had been protesting for racial justice during 120 days and that he was armed with a gun.
“We are here to protect our people and the people who support us, ” he said. “We’re under attack”. Grace Pennix, of 19 years, and also african american, said that he could not avoid to put yourself in the shoes of Taylor.
“Often step through the door of my house and I think, damn, the police might come to my door and shoot me and kill me as they did with Breonna,” he said. “It could be me, my friend, my cousin, aunt, mom,” he added.
Taylor’s death has become a rallying cry for the movement “Black Lives Matter” and the decision of the grand jury led to new demands for racial justice around the country.
After the court decision of Wednesday, thousands of people roamed the streets of the city to demand justice for that nurse.
The protests, peaceful at first, became violent. Several participants confronted the police, who used flash grenades to disperse the protest. Two officers were shot in the disturbances.
The mayor of the city, Greg Fischer explained that one was treated for a wound in the leg and discharged, while the other agent, who was shot in the abdomen, he underwent a surgery.
“What we saw last night with the two officers getting shot is obviously completely unacceptable,” said the mayor.
The chief of police, Robert Schroeder, said that a suspect, Larynzo Johnson, was arrested and charged by two assault charges and 14 charges for endangering the lives of others.
Schroeder said that there were a total of 127 arrests in the city, the largest in Kentucky with a population of 600,000 inhabitants, and at least 16 instances of looting. It will maintain a curfew between 9:00 pm to 6:30 am local time during the weekend.
A large part of the city centre is closed to traffic, and several stores protected their windows with planks before the possibility of new riots. Taylor died on the evening of 13 march, when three plainclothes policemen came to his house with a search warrant.
After that the boyfriend of the deceased opened fire against the agents, according to him, after they have been confused with thieves, they shot him and several of his bullets hit the young man.
More than six months later, a grand jury decided Wednesday to charge one of those cops, Brett Hankison, put in danger the lives of others, in this case, three neighbors of the victim. But neither Hankison nor the other two officers who used their weapons in the home of Taylor were indicted for his death.
“Until we can give the black people the basic rights promised by our founders – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – and stop the rampage of the devil of racism, we will not know peace, ” the lawyer said of his family, Ben Crump, in an opinion article in the Washington Post newspaper.
The american president Donald Trump, who has made the motto “law and order” one of the engines of his campaign towards the elections of 3 November, tweeted that “prayed” for the police officers hospitalized.
During the last few months, The united states has been the scene of demonstrations exacerbated by various deaths of black citizens at the hands of the police, by political polarization and inflammatory rhetoric of the representative republican.
With information from AFP
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