BLM protesters gather in Portland in reaction to Breonna Taylor case choice – WCSH-WLBZ

23September 2020

A grand jury prosecuted one former police officer in the case; no other officers involved were indicted.

PORTLAND, Maine– Editor’s Note: The above video is protection of the grand jury statement from our sister station WHAS in Lousiville.

Congress Street is closed in the area of Monument Square Wednesday night as Black Lives Matter protesters are collected in response to Wednesday’s

grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case. Activists throughout the country have actually long required the arrest of the officers who were involved in the March 13 shooting in Louisville, Ky. Taylor, 26, was shot and eliminated in her home when Louisville Metro law enforcement officer were serving a no-knock warrant associated to a narcotics investigation at Taylor’s house.

On Wednesday, a grand jury advised three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for former officer Brett Hankinson for shooting shots that entered into a neighboring home on the night of Taylor’s death. No other officers who were included were indicted.

“We require to do much better for our sisters and brothers, “BLM Maine wrote in a Facebook post following the announcement.”Come together to celebrate Breonna, appear versus police cruelty, and demand our city officials be held accountable to alter.”

Around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, protesters collected in front of the Portland Cops Department, sharing stories and voicing their disappointments over what occurred to Taylor

. Later on, a group of about 50 individuals gathered in the crossway of Middle and Franklin Street, chanting”Breonna Taylor”and “Black Lives Matter.” As of 7:10 p.m., 75 protesters were gathered in the crossway of Middle and Franklin Street, beside the Portland Cops Department. Thet chanted for justice for Taylor. Authorities have shut down the roadways leading

Portland Authorities Chief Frank Clark told NEWS CENTER Maine,” We are searching for the organizers of tonight’s demonstration to reach out to us concerning prepare for tonight so that we can help them have a serene demonstration.”

“In action to the injustice against Breonna Taylor, Black Lives Matter Maine is appearing,” organizers stated in the event publishing.”We require to be out on the streets for Breonna, making our voices heard. We have actually waited 194 days for justice without any avail.”

According to the event publishing, Wednesday’s demonstration will be in addition to one that was previously prepared for Saturday. Both events seek to have their voices heard and magnify their call to defund the cops.

There are reportedly demonstrations planned throughout the country Wednesday night over the case choice.

NEWS CENTER Maine will be covering the demonstration. Follow Hannah Dineen on Twitter (@hannah_dineen) for live updates. This story will be upgraded.


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