Two officers shot in Louisville riots, conservative journo on the scene gives firsthand account

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Two Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers sustained gunshot wounds during riots Wednesday evening in Louisville, Kentucky that had erupted over the decision earlier that afternoon in the Breonna Taylor case.

“One officer was shot in the abdomen below their bulletproof vest and is in surgery, and a second was shot in the thigh, according to a source with knowledge of the situation,” Kentucky’s highest-circulation newspaper, The Courier-Journal, reported.

Interim LMPD chief Robert Schroeder reportedly described the injuries as “non-life-threatening” but expressed fear over the prospect of other officers also being shot.

“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers. Obviously, we’ve had two officers shot tonight, and that is very serious. … I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of the utmost importance,” he said during a presser.

Schroeder also confirmed that a suspect was in custody.

The shootings happened around 8:30 p.m. Afterward local officers and National Guard troops could be seen guarding the hospital where the officers were being treated, presumably to avoid experiencing what had happened in Los Angeles County.

After two LA County deputies were ambushed and shot in the head earlier this month, Black Lives Matter-linked extremists paid a visit to the hospital where they were being treated to celebrate and chant for their deaths.

Julio Rosas of Townhall witnessed the shootings in Louisville. Speaking on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” late Wednesday, he described what he’d seen.

“That crowd that was marching in the street, they came out of the park area in front of the Hall of Justice. They had been gathering there. As they were marching away from the barricaded zone, there were people breaking off and smashing the uncovered windows and setting fires,” he said.

“They were marching in the street toward the police officers when the officers fired flashbangs in the air over the crowd. About a few seconds later, that’s when we started to hear the gunshots and people started to scatter. And the video I posted for Townhall, you can see me trying to run and get out of the way, because a few seconds after the shootings could be heard, police started to swarm the area.”

The videos he mentioned may be seen below (*Graphic content):

The shootings marked the worst by-product of the riots. Unlike with the numerous other riots that have erupted across the states this past summer, the Louisville riots resulted in no businesses being torched to the ground.

However, the LMPD’s headquarters were targeted by an outside fire:

The Hall of Justice was also targeted, as reported by Rosas, and when officers tried to extinguish these flames, they were reportedly attacked.

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President Donald Trump responded to the events in Louisville late Wednesday by posting tweets about the two injured officers and the need for “LAW & ORDER.”

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The events in Louisville transpired after a grand jury indicted one of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case on three counts of wanton endangerment for the crime of firing into the apartments of Taylor’s neighbor.

The fact that two officers were let off scot-free and the third officer wasn’t hit with a single charge tied directly to Taylor’s death angered Black Lives Matter activists.

But during a presser Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron defended the grand jury’s decision by noting that facts matter over narratives.

“Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is defending the grand jury indictment of a single officer involved in the Breonna Taylor case as consistent with the rule of law. The top law enforcement official said his responsibility was to follow the facts, not public opinion,” Lexington-based NPR station WUKY reported.

Cameron, the state’s first black attorney general, added, “If we simply act on emotion or outrage, there is no justice. Mob justice is not justice. Justice sought by violence is not justice. It just becomes revenge.”

Vivek Saxena

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V. Saxena is a staff writer for BizPac Review with a decade of experience as a professional writer, and a lifetime of experience as an avid news junkie. He holds a degree in computer technology from Purdue University.
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