Recently released footage obtained by TMZ shows the chaotic aftermath of the shooting that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor; with police asking “who was shooting at us” after the deadly altercation.
“The other thing the videos reveal is the immediate confusion as to whether police announced they were law enforcement. As you know, a dozen neighbors said they did not. Merritt says the obvious emotion in Kenneth’s voice as he repeatedly told police, ‘We didn’t know who it was’ adds credibility to his side of the story,” reports TMZ.
“Although the grand jury did not indict any of the officers for killing Breonna … Lee says they’re still pushing for federal charges — and that will likely hinge on whether police ID’d themselves,” adds the website.
Watch the footage here.-->
MAYHEM IN LOUISVILLE: Protests Engulf the Streets After Breonna Taylor Decision
It didn’t take long for rioters and protestors to fill the streets of Louisville where just a few hours ago, a Kentucky grand jury indicted one of three police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case.
But the indictment had nothing to do with her death. Instead, the officer was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, sending protestors into a spiral of fury.
Just moments after the decision, protests and violent confrontations between police and protesters erupted through the city streets.
Protesters made their voices heard, changing, “No justice! No peace!” Police in riot gear assembled, firing off pepper balls and arresting several, according to the New York Post.
Tensions between both sides progressed even further, as protestors cursed and shouted at police while hurling objects at them.
U-Haul Seen Distributing Shields, Weapons to Louisville Rioters Rented to Holly Zoller of Louisville Bail Project (many board members were soros fellows) https://t.co/1SvTTEImzY
— Cassandra Scarebanks🎃 (@CassandraRules) September 23, 2020
While footage of the protests may seem shocking upon first glance, the city of Louisville expected nothing less; like the protestors were prepared to be seen and heard, the city was fully prepared for the civil unrest that could follow the announcement, taking necessary precautions to keep the city safe before any statements were made.
Earlier this afternoon, prior to the announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a countywide 72-hour curfew, effective Wednesday night from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the New York Post. But, how likely is it that people will follow? Only time will tell.
LOUISVILLE: buildings are already being targeted by vandals across the city
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) September 23, 2020
Members of the Kentucky National Guard were also deployed in the city, where a state of emergency has been declared in anticipation of the protests that would likely ensue. Barricades have been set up to restrict vehicle access to downtown areas, stores and restaurants have boarded their windows and federal buildings have been closed, according to the New York Post.
While it is clear that protesters are anything but happy about the conclusion of Taylor’s case, it is unclear just how far these protests will go. But, the city of Louisville seems to be ready for anything that might come their way.
THE MEDIA MOB: AP Accuses Sen. Rand Paul of ‘Complaining’ About ‘Angry Mob’ After RNC
The Associated Press bizarrely critiqued Sen. Rand Paul’s description of an “angry mob” outside the White House following the Republican National Convention Friday; saying he was simply “complaining” after demonstrators attacked the GOP lawmaker.
“Sen. Rand Paul, who was surrounded by screaming protesters when he and his wife left President Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech at the White House, claimed without evidence on Friday that he had been ‘attacked by an angry mob’ of the type that would be unleashed in Joe Biden’s America,” reports the Associated Press.
“Police and other security personnel formed a cordon around Paul and his wife as they left the White House shortly after midnight to walk a few blocks to their hotel, and the couple didn’t appear to come into physical contact with the protesters and were unharmed,” adds the AP.
CBS News faced a growing backlash on social media Friday after the media outlet described Rand Paul’s assault from anti-police rioters as simply “protesters confront Kentucky Senator.”
“WATCH: Protesters confronted Kentucky Senator Rand Paul after attending the RNC at the White House, shouting at the lawmaker to acknowledge the shooting of Breonna Taylor,” posted CBS News’ official Twitter account.
WATCH: Protesters confronted Kentucky Senator Rand Paul after attending the RNC at the White House, shouting at the lawmaker to acknowledge the shooting of Breonna Taylor https://t.co/JmxvZJy29u pic.twitter.com/tTONwewPcR
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 28, 2020
Paul discussed his harrowing attack Thursday night after an unhinged mob descended on the Republican lawmaker; saying the crowd “would have killed me” if not for DC police officers.
“We walked one block, but as we walked we could see some police in the distance but we also saw a mob of people screaming and yelling. Fortunately, we got to the police, otherwise I don’t think we would have survived,” said Paul.
“The Policemen were forming a barricade with their bodies,” he added. “We waited, but the crowd was getting bigger and bigger and pushing in. It got worse and worse and worse. Finally, we decided to make a move. They were shouting threats to hurt us and kill us.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he believes that those who attacked him last night were paid agitators from out of town and that they would have killed him and his wife if it wasn’t for the police pic.twitter.com/TdVmuuxk7m
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 28, 2020
Watch Sen. Paul’s comments above.