Protests in Louisville in response to the death of Breonna Taylor

A young protestor displays a raised fist while taking a knee in front of a vandalized statue of Louis XVI at Louisville City Hall. Both gestures have become popular symbolic acts of protest against racism.

Richard Gregor

A peaceful protest transformed into a tense standoff between police and protestors after seven people were shot outside Louisville city hall on Thursday night. People gathered to protest the police killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African American woman, during a no-knock warrant. The Louisville Metro Police Department claim they did not open fire into the crowd. As tensions increased, police ordered the crowd to disperse or be met with non-lethal force. In response to the police’s use of tear gas and rubber bullets, Protestors set up picnic table barricades on South Sixth Street. Despite the intensity of the standoff, there were no reports of looting.