Live updates: Anger, tears from protesters across US seeking justice for Breonna Taylor

A Kentucky grand jury has brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong.Prosecutors said Wednesday that two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves.State Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the officers’ shots that killed Taylor were fired in self-defense.Instead, the only charges brought by the grand jury were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into Taylor’s neighbors’ homes. Cameron said it was inconclusive whether any of Hankison’s shots hit Taylor.Follow along for live updates (all times Eastern):Louisville, Kentucky, 9:12 p.m.Sources tell sister station WLKY-TV that two Louisville police officers were shot but are alert and a suspect is in custody.It was unclear if the shooting was connected with any protest. Details are still emerging.New York, 9:02 p.m.Protesters flooded the Manhattan Bridge, walking past vehicles as crowds sought to bring attention to the Taylor case.People have rallied in U.S. cities from New York to Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Philadelphia.Demonstrators packed a New York City plaza. Chanting “Say her name, Breonna Taylor,” the crowd then started marching in downtown Brooklyn, past onlookers and honking cars. It appeared marches and gatherings were mostly peaceful Wednesday evening.A video on Twitter posted by a WJLA-TV reporter in the Washington, D.C., area showed protesters marching in the nation’s capital chanting “Black Lives Matter!” Louisville, Kentucky, 8:43 p.m.A Louisville Metro police officer has been shot downtown. It wasn’t clear whether the shooting was connected with a protest.A spokesperson for the LMPD confirmed the shooting Wednesday evening. It was not immediately clear what the circumstances were regarding the shooting and events happening that night in the city. Additional details have not been released on the officer’s condition.Louisville, Kentucky, 7:20 p.m.Police in Louisville have set off flash bang devices to clear a square in that Kentucky city where several hundred people had gathered to protest a grand jury’s decision in the killing of Taylor. Police in riot gear then approached the square.The protesters had rallied Wednesday evening in Jefferson Square in Louisville, where a fire was set near the courthouse and then quickly extinguished.Louisville police called Wednesday evening’s gathering an “unlawful assembly” in an announcement over a loudspeaker and ordered demonstrators to disperse. The police threatened to make arrests if people did not comply.Then police lined up with shields outside of the courthouse, and demonstrators threw plastic water bottles at the officers. Demonstrators began chanting “Breonna Taylor” before officers fired the flash bang devices to disperse the crowd.The protesters had gathered in the Kentucky city to protest a grand jury’s decision to not indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Taylor’s death earlier this year in a drug raid gone wrong.7 p.m.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he hasn’t received enough information on the grand jury’s decision in the case to comment fully, but he urged protesters to keep their demonstrations peaceful.Hundreds have gathered in Louisville to protest the grand jury’s decision to not indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Taylor’s death.Speaking to reporters on a tarmac in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday evening, Biden said he hoped to find out more details soon about the Taylor case and said “my heart goes out to her mother.”“Do not sully her memory or her mother’s by engaging in any violence. It’s totally inappropriate for that to happen,” Biden said. “She wouldn’t want it, nor would her mother, so I hope they do that.”5:08 p.m.Following the grand jury announcement, angry, confused and shedding tears, demonstrators who spent months calling for justice in the fatal police shooting of Taylor resumed their protests Wednesday after prosecutors announced a single officer had been indicted — but not on charges involving the Black woman’s death.The protests, which rekindled as soon as news of the grand jury’s decision broke Wednesday afternoon, appeared to be largely peaceful. Still, streets in downtown Louisville were cleared of cars and many businesses were boarded up well ahead of the announcement.As the afternoon wore on, police in protective gear clashed with the growing number of protesters in some areas and used batons to push some of them down. Officers detained at least four people, who sat on the ground with their wrists bound behind them. As television cameras broadcast the scene live, a protester pointed at an officer and shouted: “Say her name!” An Associated Press reporter saw National Guard members and armored military vehicles in downtown Louisville.“Yes, it’s a bit extreme right now,” said Dekevion Gause, who sat beside a park memorial to Taylor made of flowers, paintings, and tiny grave markers representing Black people killed by police. “But it’s a volcano built up and now it’s exploded.”Gause said all of the officers involved in the March 13 raid on Taylor’s home should have been charged with manslaughter.“It’s kind of a slap in the face,” he said of the grand jury’s decision.Gause gathered with dozens in Jefferson Square Park, dubbed “Injustice Square” by protesters who made it their impromptu hub during months of demonstrations. People huddled around a single speaker Wednesday to listen as prosecutors announced that Hankinson had been charged with wanton endangerment for firing into the homes of Taylor’s neighbors.Upon hearing the news, many gathered in the square began to cry, expressing confusion and sorrow. Others exclaimed they had seen this coming.”We know that this means that this is the next level of our protest, “ said Shameka Parrish Wright, who joined the protests Wednesday. “We got work to do, we got to get Breonna’s law passed.”She was referring to a push for a state law to ban so-called “no-knock” search warrants like the one police had when they went to Taylor’s home.Within minutes of the announcement, about 100 demonstrators marched from Jefferson Square along the downtown thoroughfare of Sixth Street chanting: “No justice, no peace!”Many simply sat or stood in stunned silence after hearing the grand jury’s decision.Jefferson Square became the epicenter of Louisville residents’ outrage over the killing of Taylor, who became a national symbol of racial injustice much like George Floyd, the Black man who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.Cameron, a Republican and Kentucky’s first Black attorney general, insisted prosecutors had followed the law even though “my heart breaks for Miss Taylor.”“Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief,” Cameron said after the charges were announced.Sister station WLKY-TV contributed to this report.

A Kentucky grand jury has brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves.

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State Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the officers’ shots that killed Taylor were fired in self-defense.

Instead, the only charges brought by the grand jury were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into Taylor’s neighbors’ homes. Cameron said it was inconclusive whether any of Hankison’s shots hit Taylor.

Follow along for live updates (all times Eastern):

Louisville, Kentucky, 9:12 p.m.

Sources tell sister station WLKY-TV that two Louisville police officers were shot but are alert and a suspect is in custody.

It was unclear if the shooting was connected with any protest. Details are still emerging.

New York, 9:02 p.m.

Protesters flooded the Manhattan Bridge, walking past vehicles as crowds sought to bring attention to the Taylor case.

People have rallied in U.S. cities from New York to Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Philadelphia.

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Demonstrators packed a New York City plaza. Chanting “Say her name, Breonna Taylor,” the crowd then started marching in downtown Brooklyn, past onlookers and honking cars.

It appeared marches and gatherings were mostly peaceful Wednesday evening.

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A video on Twitter posted by a WJLA-TV reporter in the Washington, D.C., area showed protesters marching in the nation’s capital chanting “Black Lives Matter!”

Louisville, Kentucky, 8:43 p.m.

A Louisville Metro police officer has been shot downtown. It wasn’t clear whether the shooting was connected with a protest.

A spokesperson for the LMPD confirmed the shooting Wednesday evening. It was not immediately clear what the circumstances were regarding the shooting and events happening that night in the city.

Additional details have not been released on the officer’s condition.

Louisville, Kentucky, 7:20 p.m.

Police in Louisville have set off flash bang devices to clear a square in that Kentucky city where several hundred people had gathered to protest a grand jury’s decision in the killing of Taylor. Police in riot gear then approached the square.

The protesters had rallied Wednesday evening in Jefferson Square in Louisville, where a fire was set near the courthouse and then quickly extinguished.

Louisville police called Wednesday evening’s gathering an “unlawful assembly” in an announcement over a loudspeaker and ordered demonstrators to disperse. The police threatened to make arrests if people did not comply.

Then police lined up with shields outside of the courthouse, and demonstrators threw plastic water bottles at the officers. Demonstrators began chanting “Breonna Taylor” before officers fired the flash bang devices to disperse the crowd.

The protesters had gathered in the Kentucky city to protest a grand jury’s decision to not indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Taylor’s death earlier this year in a drug raid gone wrong.

7 p.m.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he hasn’t received enough information on the grand jury’s decision in the case to comment fully, but he urged protesters to keep their demonstrations peaceful.

Hundreds have gathered in Louisville to protest the grand jury’s decision to not indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Taylor’s death.

Speaking to reporters on a tarmac in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday evening, Biden said he hoped to find out more details soon about the Taylor case and said “my heart goes out to her mother.”

“Do not sully her memory or her mother’s by engaging in any violence. It’s totally inappropriate for that to happen,” Biden said. “She wouldn’t want it, nor would her mother, so I hope they do that.”

5:08 p.m.

Following the grand jury announcement, angry, confused and shedding tears, demonstrators who spent months calling for justice in the fatal police shooting of Taylor resumed their protests Wednesday after prosecutors announced a single officer had been indicted — but not on charges involving the Black woman’s death.

The protests, which rekindled as soon as news of the grand jury’s decision broke Wednesday afternoon, appeared to be largely peaceful. Still, streets in downtown Louisville were cleared of cars and many businesses were boarded up well ahead of the announcement.

As the afternoon wore on, police in protective gear clashed with the growing number of protesters in some areas and used batons to push some of them down. Officers detained at least four people, who sat on the ground with their wrists bound behind them. As television cameras broadcast the scene live, a protester pointed at an officer and shouted: “Say her name!” An Associated Press reporter saw National Guard members and armored military vehicles in downtown Louisville.

“Yes, it’s a bit extreme right now,” said Dekevion Gause, who sat beside a park memorial to Taylor made of flowers, paintings, and tiny grave markers representing Black people killed by police. “But it’s a volcano built up and now it’s exploded.”

Gause said all of the officers involved in the March 13 raid on Taylor’s home should have been charged with manslaughter.

“It’s kind of a slap in the face,” he said of the grand jury’s decision.

Gause gathered with dozens in Jefferson Square Park, dubbed “Injustice Square” by protesters who made it their impromptu hub during months of demonstrations. People huddled around a single speaker Wednesday to listen as prosecutors announced that Hankinson had been charged with wanton endangerment for firing into the homes of Taylor’s neighbors.

Upon hearing the news, many gathered in the square began to cry, expressing confusion and sorrow. Others exclaimed they had seen this coming.

“We know that this means that this is the next level of our protest, “ said Shameka Parrish Wright, who joined the protests Wednesday. “We got work to do, we got to get Breonna’s law passed.”

She was referring to a push for a state law to ban so-called “no-knock” search warrants like the one police had when they went to Taylor’s home.

Within minutes of the announcement, about 100 demonstrators marched from Jefferson Square along the downtown thoroughfare of Sixth Street chanting: “No justice, no peace!”

Many simply sat or stood in stunned silence after hearing the grand jury’s decision.

Jefferson Square became the epicenter of Louisville residents’ outrage over the killing of Taylor, who became a national symbol of racial injustice much like George Floyd, the Black man who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

Cameron, a Republican and Kentucky’s first Black attorney general, insisted prosecutors had followed the law even though “my heart breaks for Miss Taylor.”

“Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief,” Cameron said after the charges were announced.

Sister station WLKY-TV contributed to this report.