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Police and protesters are facing off in Louisville after a Kentucky grand jury cleared three officers of charges for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor (pictured)
Two Louisville cops have been shot as police face off with protesters after a Kentucky grand jury cleared three officers of charges for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
The Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed a shooting at Brooks Street and Broadway at about 8.30pm Wednesday and said the officers were rushed to an area hospital. Additional details about the officers' conditions or the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately available. Police did not confirm whether the incidents were related to protests.
Bystander video showed a group of people walking down a street when gunfire erupted several hundred yards away where several police cars were parked with their lights flashing.
At least 14 shots rang out at the person holding the camera started running away from the source.
Louisville was thrown into turmoil after a grand jury handed down its decision indict just one of the officers involved in Taylor's killing, Brett Hankison, on charges of 'wanton endangerment' for shooting into the homes of the 26-year-old EMT's neighbors when they executed a no-knock warrant on March 13.
Crowds gathered at Jefferson Square Park for the announcement erupted in anger, disgust and mourning and immediately began marching through the streets of Louisville, which is currently under a 72-hour curfew with a state of emergency designation in effect.
Multiple people were thrown to the ground and detained by cops clad in riot gear as Kentucky Gov Andy Beshear approved a 'limited' deployment of 500 National Guard members in anticipation of nighttime violence.
Meanwhile members of far-right groups including the Boogaloo Boys and the Proud Boys were seen fully armed as they made their way downtown to challenge Taylor protesters.
Other cities across the US are also bracing for a night of unrest as smaller protests formed in New York City, Washington DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago.
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Police survey an area where at least one police officer was shot in Louisville on Wednesday night amid protest sparked by a a Kentucky grand jury's decision to clear three officers of charges for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor
The Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed a shooting at Brooks Street and Broadway at about 8.30pm Wednesday and said the officers were rushed to an area hospital
A protester stands next to a burning pile of trash as tensions boiled over in Louisville's downtown area on Wednesday night