Louisville authorities announced Thursday, September 24, that they had made 127 arrests among demonstrators denouncing the legal consequences of the homicide of African-American Breonna Taylor, the anti-police anger movement being revived in other cities in the states -United.
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The 127 arrests were confirmed to AFP by Dwight Mitchell, a police spokesperson for the largest city in the state of Kentucky, after a night during which two police officers were shot and wounded .
Louisville had regained calm Thursday, some neighborhoods remaining difficult to access, under the control of the police, according to AFP journalists on the spot.
The police were mobilized.
Jon Cherry / AFP
It's going to be more violent tonight,
" said Marcus Reede, a black fifty-
working in a local restaurant.
People have had enough
The curfew introduced Wednesday from 9 p.m. will remain in effect until Friday, Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said.
Elsewhere in the country, violent protests also erupted overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, after the Louisville prosecutor announced that he was not prosecuting police officers who killed Breonna Taylor for manslaughter.
Only one policeman finally pursued
The 26-year-old woman died on March 13, when three officers broke into her home, breaking down the door to her home in the middle of the night.
Armed, the victim's companion, believing in a criminal intrusion, opened fire.
Only one member of the police trio was eventually prosecuted, for endangering the lives of others, because of his shots which passed through the apartment of Breonna Taylor's neighbors.
No charge has been brought against her two colleagues, yet the perpetrators of the shootings that killed the African-American.
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On Wednesday evening, two Louisville police officers were shot and wounded after being deployed to the scene of one of the rallies.
One of them was treated for an injured leg and was able to leave the hospital, the other who was shot in the abdomen is in stable condition after undergoing surgery, and is expected to recover.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.
A 26-year-old man, identified as Larynzo Johnson, suspected of being the author of the shootings has been arrested and may be charged with willful violence against police officers.
He is due to appear before a judge on Friday.
A few hundred people, some heavily armed, had gathered in a central Louisville plaza earlier on Wednesday in a tense atmosphere before being dispersed with stun grenades by police shortly before daylight saving time. curfew.
Authorities said at least 16 acts of vandalism were reported overnight.
There were also marches in Chicago.
Natasha Mustache / AFP
Boston, Chicago, New York, Washington, Philadelphia ... Spontaneous gatherings have also taken place in other cities of the country, shaken for months by a wave of anti-racist mobilization.
In Seattle, an explosive device was thrown at a police station and 13 people were arrested, according to local police.
Many police officers were injured, including one who was hit on the head by a baseball bat having fractured his helmet,
" the authorities detailed.
In Buffalo, New York, a car drove into protesters injuring one, according to images circulating on social networks.