Black Lives Matter Protest Turns Deadly In US State Of Kentucky
One person was killed and another wounded in a shooting at a Black Lives Matter rally in the US state of Kentucky, police said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The incident Saturday took place at Jefferson Square Park in the center of Louisville where protestors have gathered for weeks over the killing of African American woman Breonna Taylor.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Her death in March helped fuel a campaign against racism and police brutality in the United States that has since spread across the globe.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Louisville Metro Police Department said officers were called to the park at around 9:00 pm.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
“Calls then came in that Sheriff’s Department personnel were in the park performing life-saving measures on a male who eventually died at the scene,” the department said on Twitter.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Soon after another person was shot across the street at the city’s Hall of Justice, police added.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
It was unclear if there was more than one shooter and authorities have yet to release any details of the victims.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Louisville mayor Greg Fischer said he was “deeply saddened by the violence.”
Before the shooting, Fischer had urged counter-protesters to stay away from the park, after local newspaper Louisville Courier-Journal reported that “armed patriot groups” were planning on confronting the demonstrators.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Louisville has seen especially passionate Black Lives Matter protests due to the police killing Taylor in her own apartment.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The 26-year-old emergency room technician was shot dead after police barged into her home, alleging that drug dealers had used the apartment to receive packages.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The case helped trigger fresh waves of anger in the United States over racial injustice and police brutality.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Those protests expanded dramatically after the May 25 killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer pinned his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.
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