2 police officers shot in Louisville

Interim Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder.
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Two police officers were shot in Louisville on Wednesday night and are receiving treatment at an area hospital, Interim Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder said in a press conference.

Schroeder told reporters the officers suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, and both are in stable condition. A suspect is in custody, but Schroeder did not say if this person was involved in the Breonna Taylor protests.

Demonstrators began gathering in downtown Louisville after a Kentucky grand jury indicted one of the three officers involved in the shooting of Taylor; former detective Brett Hankison was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into the apartment next to Taylor's, but none of the officers were directly charged in Taylor's death.

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A journalist with The Associated Press reports there is a massive police presence in downtown Louisville, with officers in riot gear and military-style vehicles blocking off roadways. Before a curfew went into effect, there were times when officers threw pepper balls and fired flash bangs, AP reports, and a few small fires were started. The demonstrations in support of Taylor and against racism and police brutality spread beyond Louisville, with protesters also marching in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.