It only took a few hours for violent clashes to erupt between protesters and police in Louisville, Kentucky, after a grand jury cleared the cops of any criminality in her police-involved death.
Moments after a Kentucky grand jury’s decision to only indict one of three cops involved — and only for endangering neighbors by opening fire — in Taylor’s March 13 shooting death, protests erupted on the streets of Louisville.
Hundreds chanting, “No justice! No Peace!” took to the streets — and less than three hours after the charges were handed up against former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison, confrontations between police and protesters broke out.
As police in riot gear and demonstrators clashed, officers fired off pepper balls and several arrests were made.
At one point police wielding batons formed a human chain along a city street, so that protestors could not pass, prompting some to shove through.
Tensions rose further as protestors cursed and shouted at police and reportedly hurled water bottles at them.
One video posted to Twitter showed some demonstrators descending on a local restaurant, and throwing the tables and chairs on its outdoor patio, as one man shouted, “No! No! No! No vandalizing!”
The city of Louisville was bracing for riots and civil unrest ahead of the grand jury announcement into the killing of Taylor.
Shortly before the announcement Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a countywide 72-hour curfew effective Wednesday night from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Members of the Kentucky National Guard were also deployed in the city where a state of emergency has already been declared in anticipation of the protests.
Barricades have been set up to restrict vehicle access to downtown areas, stores and restaurants have boarded up their windows, and federal buildings have been closed.