Two police officers were shot and wounded on Wednesday night in Louisville Kentucky. The officers are said to be in a stable condition and recovering. The violence came after large crowds descended on the streets to protest against the death of Breonna Taylor.
Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Robert Schroeder said the following: “One is alert and stable, the other officer is currently undergoing surgery and stable,”. He added that one suspect is in custody for the shooting.
It is reported to local press that one officer was shot in the abdomen, below a bulletproof vest, while the other was shot in a thigh. Schroeder added “I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,”, “I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of utmost importance.”
President Trump added a comment saying that the two officers were in his thoughts and prayers and that the federal government is behind them.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2020
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted: “Our hearts go out to the two @LMPD officers who were shot. Please pray for them and their families, & pray for our city, and all who are in pain today. For anyone who is still out, please go home tonight. Violence doesn’t get us closer to a fair, just, and equitable city.”
Our hearts go out to the two @LMPD officers who were shot. Please pray for them and their families, & pray for our city, and all who are in pain today. For anyone who is still out, please go home tonight. Violence doesn't get us closer to a fair, just and equitable city. pic.twitter.com/fDTZkjIROj
— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) September 24, 2020
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear added his comment too:
A message from Governor Beshear on events tonight in Louisville. pic.twitter.com/XK8FZSXy8D
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) September 24, 2020
Protestors arrived in large numbers hours after a grand jury handed down charges against one of three officers involved in the March raid inside Taylor’s apartment — with none of the charges directly involving Taylor’s death, Fox News reported.
The left’s response
LMPD Officer Brett Hankison as charged for recklessly firing stray bullets that found their way into a neighboring family’s home. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump called the charges “outrageous and offensive to Breonna Taylor’s memory.”
“It’s yet another example of no accountability for the genocide of persons of color by white police officers,” he said in a joint statement with co-counsels Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker. “With all we know about Breonna Taylor’s killing, how could a fair and just system result in today’s decision?”
Fox News reported that: Protesters shouted slogans like “No justice, no peace” and criticized the charges in connection with Taylor’s death.
Taylor was shot and killed in the crossfire when her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, allegedly opened fire on police officers who entered her apartment on March 13, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.