The grand jury ruled that two white policemen will not be prosecuted in connection with the death of Taylor, a Black medical worker shot in her own apartment, because their use of force during an ill-fated raid on her home was justified, but a third officer was charged with endangering her neighbors.
Daylong street protests erupted in violence after dark when two police officers on duty in the midst of the demonstrations were shot and wounded, Robert Schroeder, interim chief of the Louisvile Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters.
He said one suspect had been arrested, and that the two officers were in stable condition, one undergoing surgery, with injuries he described as non-life-threatening. He declined to give any further details.
Protesters immediately took to the streets after the grand jury's conclusions, chanting, "No lives matter until Black lives matter," marching for hours through Kentucky's largest city, amid sporadic clashes with police in riot gear.
The demonstrations wore on past nightfall in defiance of a 9 p.m. curfew and remained mostly peaceful until several gunshots rang out in the midst of a skirmish between protesters and heavily armed police, sending members of the crowd scurrying for cover.
A Reuters journalist on the scene heard the gunfire erupt from the crowd moments after police had fired pepper spray and "flash-bang" rounds at protesters.
ROBERT SCHROEDER: At about 8:30 tonight our officers were called to the area of Brooke and College, on a large crowd and shots fired in the area. As they were deploying to investigate what was going on, at First and Broadway shots rang out, and two of our officers were shot.
Both officers are currently undergoing treatment at University Hospital. One is alert and stable. The other officer is currently undergoing surgery and stable. We do have one suspect in custody.
- Can you tell us about the injuries that the officers sustained? The one who's in surgery?
ROBERT SCHROEDER: To my knowledge they are both non-life threatening. That's about as deep as I can go right now.