Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the extension of the nightly 21:00 - 06:00 (local time) curfew through Monday, September 28, as protests denouncing police brutality and the death of Breonna Taylor continue. If protests continue unabated then the curfew may well be extended beyond Monday.
Protests were reported in Louisville and several other cities across the US on Thursday, September 24, including in St. Louis (Missouri), Baltimore (Maryland), New York, Seattle (Washington), La Mesa (California), Portland (Oregon), Austin (Texas), Washington DC, Chicago (Illinois), Kenosha (Wisconsin), and Rochester (Minnesota), among others. Thus far, the demonstrations have seemingly remained peaceful.
Further related protests should be anticipated in the near term in Louisville and other cities across the country. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions should be anticipated at all protests. Clashes between rival protest groups and between demonstrators and security forces are also to be anticipated.
On Wednesday, September 23, former police officer, Brett Hankison, was indicted and charged with "wanton endangerment" for his involvement in the fatal March 13 shooting of Breonna, a 26-year old black woman, in Louisville. Hankison was charged for firing into a neighbour's apartment, not with Breonna's death. The grand jury also ruled that two other police officers involved will not be prosecuted in connection with the death of Breonna, as their use of force during a raid on her home was justified.
Police declared a state of emergency in Louisville on Monday, September 21, ahead of the grand jury ruling. At least two police officers were reportedly shot and wounded on September 23, during unrest in Louisville which followed the ruling.
The death of Breonna provoked unrest in Louisville. The protests are also linked to wider unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd whilst he was being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired and detained, and one has since been charged with second-degree murder. Demonstrations have occurred in several cities across the US, with solidarity protests taking place throughout the world.
Those in Louisville are advised to monitor developments, avoid protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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