Curfew has begun in Louisville as protests continue
From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph
The 72-hour curfew is underway in Louisville, Kentucky, as protests continue following the grand jury indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.
The curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. ET to 6:30 a.m. ET.
Because most protest-related violence over the past few months occurred after dark, Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order setting a countywide curfew.
“The curfew is related to the well-being of our citizens and businesses due to the potential unrest,” the executive order said.
9:12 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020
Joe Biden says the decision in Taylor's case "does not answer" the call for equal justice
From CNN's Sarah Mucha
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has released a statement following the grand jury decision not to charge the Louisville officers with killing Breonna Taylor, saying that he knows that for so many people, the decision "does not answer" the call for equal justice.
"Breonna Taylor was a beloved daughter, member of her community, and an essential worker who served as an EMT as Covid-19 began to spread. But she died, shot in her own home by the police. In the wake of her tragic death, we mourn with her mother, family, and community and ask ourselves whether justice could be equally applied in America," he said. "I know for so many people today’s decision does not answer that call."
He added that the federal investigation remains ongoing, but in order to address the injustice, "we need to start by addressing the use of excessive force, banning choke holds, and overhauling no-knock warrants."
Biden once again warned that violence is "never acceptable" but notes that people have a right to peacefully protest.
9:01 p.m. ET, September 24, 2020
Louisville Metro police say an officer has been shot
From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph
The Louisville Metro Police Department announced Wednesday night that one officer has been shot.
The department did not provide additional details.
“We currently have an officer shot,” department spokesperson Sgt. Lamont Washington said in a news statement.
“We’ll update when we can,” he added.
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8:55 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020
Protesters gather in Louisville, DC and New York after decision in Breonna Taylor case
Protesters are gathering tonight in Louisville, New York and Washington, DC, following the Kentucky attorney general's decision to not charge officers directly with Breonna Taylor's death.
One of the three officers involved in Taylor's death was charged today with three counts of wanton endangerment of the first degree. No officers were charged directly with her death.
Crowds of demonstrators marched along Black Lives Matter Plaza in DC.
Several hundred people gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and chanted, “we want justice for Breonna."
Angelo Pinto wore a black mask that read “Breonna Taylor” as he and others marched through the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, where a city curfew goes into effect at 9 p.m. local time.
“No justice, no peace,” the protesters chanted. Pinto is the co-founder of Until Freedom, a social justice organization fighting against systemic and racial injustice.
CNN's Christina Zdanowicz contributed to this report.
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9:32 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020
Ava DuVernay and Kerry Washington among celebrities speaking out on Breonna Taylor case
From CNN's Megan Thomas
Numerous leaders in the entertainment industry who have been calling for justice for Breonna Taylor are speaking out after a Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday determined police would not be directly charged in her death.
Here are what some celebrities said:
Director Ava DuVernay: "God bless Breonna's family and all who knew and loved her. Her tragic death compounded by the violence of silence and inaction by the city she called home is more than any of them should have to endure," she wrote in a statement on Twitter.
Actor, producer and advocate Kerry Washington: "I understand the desire to not vote. To reject a system that abuses you & denies your worth. But please know that the system DOES see your worth. It's AFRAID of your power. That's why it works so hard to make you feel powerless. You are NOT powerless. #SayHerName. And Vote!"
Musician Alicia Keys: “This is a PRIME example of Rotten to the CORE!!! UnJust!!!! Disrespectful and BLATANT DISREGARD!!!! Infuriated!!!!!!!” she tweeted.
Actor George Clooney, a Kentucky native: “I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision," the actor wrote in a statement obtained by CNN.
8:25 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020
Louisville chef says it's "disheartening" to see police standoff near his restaurant
From CNN's Christina Zdanowicz
Chef Anthony Lamas told CNN it is “disheartening” to see police and protesters two blocks from his restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky.
“It’s disheartening that our city has come to this,” Lamas said on Instagram.
He is the owner and chef of Seviche restaurant, which is on Bardstown Road.
“Two blocks in front of my restaurant, it’s getting real,” Lamas said in an Instagram video. “This is the road that leads to my restaurant, but I’m not really sure of what to think.”
Lamas said he had to close the restaurant tonight because of the protests. He added how hard it’s been financially to operate at a 50% capacity due to the pandemic.
“It’s pretty intense right now but I didn’t think any of this would happen to Bardstown Road,” he said in one of his Instagram videos, as police gave announcements over a loud speaker.
7:21 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020
Trump praises Kentucky attorney general on Taylor case
From CNN's Maegan Vazquez
President Trump praised the remarks made by Kentucky Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron when asked Wednesday evening to weigh in on charges related to the Breonna Taylor case.
During a White House press briefing, Trump called Cameron’s statement “brilliant” and said he was doing “a fantastic job” and called him “a star.”
“I will be speaking with the governor,” Trump said, adding that he has a call scheduled. “I understand that he’s called up the National Guard, which is a good thing.”
“It’ll all work out,” he added.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump would not weigh in on whether justice was served in the Taylor case, after it was announced on Wednesday that no officers would be charged directly in her death.
Asked during an event at the White House Wednesday afternoon whether justice had been served, Trump told reporters, “I don’t know enough about it. I heard a decision was just made. We’ve been together here so we haven’t discussed it. But after I see what the decision is, I will have a comment.”
CNN reported earlier Wednesday that a former Louisville police officer has been indicted by a grand jury on first-degree wanton endangerment charges for his actions on the night Taylor, a Black woman, was killed by police — but not for her death. Two other officers at the shooting were not indicted.
Answering a question about what his message to the Black community is, for those who believe justice may not have been served, Trump said, “Well my message is that I love the Black community and I’ve done more for the Black community than any other President and I say, with the possible exception Abraham Lincoln.”
He went on to tout his usual policy points he sees as successes for the Black community: opportunity zones, criminal justice reform, prison reform and Historically Black Colleges and Universities
“Nobody’s done more. Abraham Lincoln let’s give him the nod, but beyond that, nobody’s done more,” Trump said.
6:48 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020
Former Louisville officer released from jail after surrendering
From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch and Laura James
Former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison was released from jail Wednesday after surrendering to authorities and posting bond, his attorney Stew Matthews told CNN.
Hankison, one of the three officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, was charged today with three counts of wanton endangerment of the first degree.
His bail was listed at $15,000 on an indictment released by Kentucky’s Jefferson County Circuit Court earlier in the day.
Hankison was booked at the Shelby County jail, according to Matthews, who declined to provide additional details, saying he “can’t comment at this time because I don’t know enough about all of the facts.”
6:47 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020
Attorney for Breonna Taylor's family calls prosecutors' decision "offensive and ... egregious"
From CNN's Josiah Ryan
Lonita Baker, an attorney representing Breonna Taylor's family, responded to prosecutors' decision not to charge police officers involved in the death of Taylor with murder, saying the decision was both "offensive and ... egregious."
Speaking with CNN'S Wolf Blitzer, Baker targeted Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's theory that police officers had acted in self-defense because Taylor's boyfriend had fired first, saying the attorney general "needs to continue to research the law on self-defense in Kentucky."
"You cannot defend yourself such that you put other innocent persons at risk," she said, pointing out that Taylor was struck with six bullets. "Breonna Taylor was unarmed, an innocent person that night she should not have been fired upon, and she should not have been fired upon after she was already down."
"It did not take six times to shoot an unarmed woman," added Baker. "They were not entitled to self-defense. They were not justified under self-defense in this case."