Two po­lice of­fi­cers shot in Louisville will sur­vive their in­juries, chief says

The Times-Tribune - - NATION & WORLD - BY DYLAN LOVAN, RE­BECCA REYNOLDS YONKER AND PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Au­thor­i­ties pleaded for calm while ac­tivists vowed to fight on Thurs­day in Ken­tucky’s largest city, where a gun­man wounded two po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing an­guished protests fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion not to charge of­fi­cers for killing Bre­onna Tay­lor.

Out­rage over a grand jury’s fail­ure to bring homi­cide charges against the of­fi­cers who burst into the Black woman’s apart­ment six months ago set off a new round of demon­stra­tions Wed­nes­day in sev­eral Amer­i­can cities. The state at­tor­ney gen­eral said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed of­fi­cers were act­ing in self-de­fense when they re­sponded to gun­fire from Tay­lor’s boyfriend.

Reginique Jones re­turned Thurs­day morn­ing to the park in down­town Louisville that has been the hub for protests, say­ing she was dis­traught over the grand jury’s de­ci­sion to only charge a sin­gle of­fi­cer for fir­ing into apart­ments neigh­bor­ing Tay­lor’s. Still, Jones vowed to con­tinue press­ing for in­creased po­lice ac­count­abil­ity and for a statewide ban on “no-knock” war­rants — the kind is­sued in the Tay­lor case, though state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Daniel Cameron said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed po­lice did an­nounce them­selves be­fore en­ter­ing.

“I be­lieve that we are go­ing to get past this,” Jones said as demon­stra­tors be­gan to ar­rive at the park dubbed In­jus­tice Square. “As long as we con­tinue to re­main strong, and stay on the same page, we can still get some jus­tice.”

Though protests in Louisville be­gan peace­fully the day be­fore, of­fi­cers de­clared an un­law­ful assem­bly af­ter they said fires were set in garbage cans, sev­eral ve­hi­cles were dam­aged and stores were bro­ken into. A 26-year-old man was ar­rested and charged with fir­ing at po­lice and wound­ing two of­fi­cers.

“Vi­o­lence will only be a source of pain, not a cure for pain,” said Mayor Greg Fis­cher. “Many see Bre­onna Tay­lor’s case as both the tragic death of a young woman and the con­tin­u­a­tion of a long pat­tern of de­val­u­a­tion and vi­o­lence that Black women and men face in our coun­try, as they have his­tor­i­cally.”

“The ques­tion ob­vi­ously is: What do we do with this pain?” the mayor asked. “There is no one an­swer, no easy an­swer to that ques­tion.”

Demon­stra­tors kept gath­er­ing Thurs­day at In­jus­tice Square, while oth­ers marched through down­town, where po­lice in riot gear turned out in force as the night­time cur­few passed and crowds blocked some roads.

Of­fi­cers blocked the ex­its of a church where protesters gath­ered to avoid ar­rest for vi­o­lat­ing cur­few. Sev­eral peo­ple were de­tained, in­clud­ing state Rep. At­tica Scott, a Louisville Demo­crat. Po­lice even­tu­ally pulled back and the demon­stra­tors left.

The two Louisville of­fi­cers shot dur­ing protests were “do­ing well and will sur­vive their in­juries,” said in­terim Po­lice Chief Robert Schroeder.

Maj. Aubrey Gregory, a Louisville of­fi­cer for more than 20 years, was shot in the hip and was treated at the hos­pi­tal and re­leased. Of­fi­cer Robin­son Des­roches, who joined the force 18 months ago, was shot in the ab­domen and un­der­went surgery.

Larynzo D. John­son, 26, was charged in the shoot­ings with as­sault­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and wan­ton en­dan­ger­ment of po­lice of­fi­cers.

JOHN­SON

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