New tensions stirred the city of Louisville, Kentucky, on the night of Thursday to Friday after the court ruling to prosecute only one of the three police officers implicated in the death of Breonna Taylor. About twenty demonstrators were arrested before a church welcomed the mobilization.
A curfew can do nothing against anger. Since the announcement on Wednesday that two of the three white police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor would not be prosecuted , the city of Louisville, Kentucky in the United States, has been living up to the pace of the protests.
On September 24, several hundred demonstrators again marched to denounce police violence and racial discrimination, chanting the name of Breonna Taylor and “No justice, no peace”.
This time, they were able to escape the police thanks to the support of religious. As soon as night fell, when the curfew came into force – which will be extended until the end of the weekend – the hard core of the protest rushed to the First Unitarian Church, on the edges of the Ohio. “The shrine is open!” Then shouted a black woman into a megaphone, cheered by the crowd.
Protesters supported by a Unitarian church
The religious building opened its doors to anti-racist demonstrators. Unlike the day before, when two police officers had been injured in clashes with the demonstrators, the protesters remained generally peaceful and the evening took place in peace. In the parking lot of the church, provisions of all kinds were distributed while legal assistance was provided to people concerned by the police.
In the midst of this turmoil, Brother Tim, a 63-year-old cleric, tried to buffer the police and the demonstrators to calm the ambient tension and the invectives exchanged between the two camps. In the garden which surrounds the building, some demonstrators plague. They would have preferred to shout their anger in Jefferson Square, where they have been gathering for months to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the hospital worker killed at the age of 26 during a police intervention at her home, in March 2020.
But the square is crisscrossed by rows of police officers, whose helicopters fly over the area. A few demonstrators are seated next to them, handcuffed. “At least 24 people were arrested during the evening on charges of illegal assembly, non-dispersal and first degree riot,” Louisville police said in a statement.
Louisville Acting Police Chief Robert Schroeder said earlier today that he expected the protests to continue for the next few days and that the current curfew would be extended over the weekend. -end. “For all of us, it is a very tense and emotional time,” Robert Schroeder said at a press conference.
The deaths of Breonna Taylor, like those of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks, four African-Americans killed in recent months as a result of police violence, has reignited the debate on racism in the American police. Faced with the riots, Donald Trump, in the midst of the electoral campaign, presents himself as the president of “law and order”.