Suspect arrested after man shot dead at Breonna Taylor protest

Elias Hubbard
June 30, 2020

On Saturday night, Lopez shot into the crowd of protesters and fatally injured a photographer, Tyler Gerth, 27, who died at the scene despite paramedics' help. At least three petitions are circulating online calling for him to resign or be fired.Fischer's office did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News."Since day one, this administration and Louisville Metro Police Department have worked to cover up the circumstances surrounding Breonna's murder". That person was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooting took place at a park where demonstrators had gathered to protest the death of Breonna Taylor.

"It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene", Fischer said in a tweet. On May 28, seven people were wounded when gunfire erupted near City Hall.

The suspect behind Saturday's fatal shooting in Louisville, Kentucky, has been arrested.

The death of Taylor, George Floyd in Minneapolis, and other African Americans served as a catalyst for protests against police brutality throughout the United States as well as the world.

"While most protesters in the park have been largely peaceful, things changed last night when shots rang out", said Louisville Sgt. Lamont Washington. Some of the gun shots may have been the sounds of police returning fire. Police arrived to hand out flyers that said overnight camping and cooking at the site is banned, but protesters will be allowed to gather. One of the police officers who fired his weapon, Brett Hankinson, has been terminated from the police department but is appealing his decision. The warrant allows the police to search Ms. Taylor's residence because the police said they believed that one of the two men had used her apartment to receive packages.

Chuck Gerth said his wife warned their son about going to downtown Louisville on Saturday "because she thought it would be risky, but he said, 'No, I feel the need to go down and support the injustices and what's going on'".

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was killed in her Louisville home in March by police who were serving a no-knock warrant in a drug investigation.

He said the suspect had been repeatedly asked by other people in the park to leave due to his disruptive behavior.

"After talking with Breonna Taylor's family, I've come to the conclusion that it's long past time to get rid of no-knock warrants".

"The citizens of this community, including members of this Metro Council, have been very upset with the perceived lack of transparency by the city", said Brent Ackerson, who chairs the Louisville Metro Council's government oversight committee.

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