America woke Thursday after yet another night of violence as ongoing Black Lives Matter protests were inflamed by the decision not to charge any cops for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
Demonstrations that started late May after the death of George Floyd had already used 26-year-old EMT Taylor’s death as a rallying cry — but tensions boiled over Wednesday afternoon at the news that none of the three officers involved would be charged.
Thousands took to the streets in major cities across the US, with hundreds of arrests and a riot declared in troubled Portland, Oregon — and two cops shot in Taylor’s hometown Louisville, Kentucky.
Here were some of the largest protests.
Taylor’s Kentucky hometown had already been put in a state of emergency before Wednesday’s grand jury announcement — but tense protests quickly erupting after the news was made.
“What the hell? F—k y’all!” one protester shouted soon after the announcement — with viral video then showing people grabbing shields and pre-prepared protests signs from a waiting U-Haul.
The night grew increasingly violent — ending with at least 127 people arrested and two cops shot, according to officials, who said the officers are expected to survive.
Stores were looted, fires set in garbage cars and numerous vehicles destroyed, according to police.
“We’re tired of being hashtags,” said Carmen Jones, who has protested in downtown Louisville every day for nearly three months. “We’re tired of paying for history in our blood and our bodies and being told to respond to this violence and aggression with peace,” she said.
“We did it the Martin way for the entire summer, and it got us nowhere. Maybe it’s time to do things the Malcolm way,” she said, referring to the opposing tactics pushed by Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
“The system does not care about Black people. The system chews Black people up and spits us out.”
Police in Portland, the Oregon city that has seen much of the worst violence over the summer, declared a riot after a group of violent protesters ignited a downtown police precinct and pelted it with rocks.
One of the rioters flung a homemade Molotov cocktail toward cops outside the precinct, where an awning caught fire, a video shared by police on Twitter showed.
Three officers suffered minor injuries as they dispersed the rioters, officials said. Police made “multiple arrests,” but no details were immediately released.
Federal officers assisting city police shot impact munitions on downtown streets a half-mile away from the federal courthouse that President Trump has vowed to protect, The Oregonian reported.
Hundreds of people filled Southwest Third Avenue in front of the Justice Center while videos showed a drum line that played along to chants of “Whose life mattered? Breonna Taylor!”
“As officers dispersed the crowd, both commercial-grade fireworks and glass bottles were thrown towards them,” police said, with the north side of the Justice Center then “lit on fire.”
“Out of concern that the fire could spread, causing an extreme life safety concern, the incident was declared a riot,” police said.
Seattle police say at least 13 people were arrested during violent clashes that left “multiple” officers injured — including one hit over the head with a baseball bat.
“Commanders on scene have declared the ongoing protest an unlawful assembly after multiple fires have been set, explosives have been thrown at officers, and property damage in the surrounding area,” police said in a tweet.
“Protestors continue to throw rocks, bottles, and even a fire extinguisher at officers,” the force tweeted at one point during the night.
Officers responded with “pepper spray and blast balls” — and one officer was caught on now-viral video rolling his bicycle wheels over a protester lying prone on the ground.
More than 1,000 protesters took to the streets of Gotham Wednesday night, with large crowds blocking city bridges.
More than 600 protesters massed outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center by 8 p.m., with scores more joining them before the throng moved in a giant wave across the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges — even as hundreds of others marched down from the Upper East Side.
“Forget ‘Turn the other cheek,’” one protester said over a loudspeaker outside the Brooklyn arena. “We’re way past that. It’s ‘eye for an eye’ now.”
The mob then marched into Manhattan, stalling traffic on the Manhattan Bridge and converging with another group on the Lower East Side, growing to more than 1,000 strong.
As of Thursday morning, cops reported no arrests, property damage or other significant incidents during the protests.
In LA, hundreds of people — many carrying signs in support of Black Lives Matter and defunding the police — marched downtown chanting, “No justice, no peace,” according to ABC 7.
One person was seen spray-painting graffiti on a building and another demonstrator tried to damage a building with a hammer before being subdued by another person, the news outlet reported.
Police did not report and major incidents, however.
In San Diego, several hundred people marched downtown led by a “wall of moms” clad in matching yellow T-shirts and chanting Taylor’s name and other social justice slogans, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Later in the night, a group of protesters descended on the city’s police headquarters, where they clashed with officers. At least three people were arrested, but a police watch commander said early Thursday that he had no information about any charges.
One protester, a black woman who did not give her name, said the grand jury decision in Louisville was a “slap on the wrist,” adding that she loves being black but that it “comes with a lot of obstacles,” the paper reported.
One sign seen at a march in the city read: “They murdered a woman in her sleep & the only charge was for the bullets that missed.”
In Atlanta, dozens marched downtown and state troopers deployed tear gas to disperse them, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“I’ll be here all night as long as we’re marching,” a 19-year-old said, according to the newspaper.
At Cleopas Johnson Park, where about 50 people gathered, Jared Sawyer of the Tired Movement read the names of the three cops who were involved in the Taylor shooting. Some of the people held signs with the slain 26-year-old EMT’s name.
Atlanta resident Deja Bellard said she hadn’t planned to come to the protest but did so anyway because she is “tired of people of color dying,” the Journal-Constitution reported.
Earlier Wednesday night, marchers and members of the National Guard clashed outside the state Capitol. Some yelled “Pigs!” and “Murderers!”
No arrests were immediately reported.
In Denver, a driver struck a woman in a crowd of demonstrators following a rally in front of the Colorado Capitol building, the Denver Post reported.
The woman, who identified herself only by her first name, Kate, said she was not badly hurt in the incident.
“I was kind of going up on the hood and I was like, ‘No, I’m not doing this,’ and I rolled over to the side,” the woman said moments after the incident, according to the paper. “He wasn’t gonna stop even though I was, like, on his hood.”
She said she showed up to the rally because “they let Breonna Taylor’s murderers off.”
Police said they detained a suspect, but have not released any details.
Two separate protests formed in Dallas on Wednesday evening within hours of the Kentucky grand jury decision, The Dallas Morning News said.
One group of at least 200 people chanted “black lives matter” as they marched from City Hall — while another had that as its final destination after starting in front of police headquarters, the paper said.
Once the second group reached City Hall, they knocked on the doors and demanded justice during a City Council meeting, the paper said.
About 50 Texas protesters — some armed — also chanted Breonna’s name as they gathered at the historic Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth, NBC DFW said.
No arrests or violence was reported in either rally.
At least 200 people marched through downtown DC toward to Black Lives Matter Plaza, breaking windows and turning over newspaper boxes, according to The Washington Post.
After leaving the Justice Department, demonstrators set off firecrackers, beat on traffic signs and flashed bright lights into apartment building windows, the paper said. At least one arrest was made, according to the paper.
“She did not die in vain,” Aniyah Vines yelled to the crowd. “Her murder is going to be spoken on today and every day, until we get justice. So when you walk on these streets, know she is with you.”
Several hundred marched on the state Capitol Mall in St. Paul before marching onto a busy interstate, according to KSTP.
The Minnesota State Patrol told KMSP-TV that troopers arrested two demonstrators on the freeway — sparking a second protest outside the jail awaiting their release.
There were no reports of mass arrests or violence, however, in the Twin Cities, home to riots after the May knee-on-the-neck death of Floyd during his arrest in Minneapolis.
Leslie Redmond, president of the Minneapolis NAACP, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press it was “a troubling day” for arrested protesters to face stricter legal consequences than the officers in Taylor’s shooting death. “I have a court date and the cops who killed Breonna Taylor don’t,” she told the paper.
Half a dozen people were detained Wednesday night during a confrontation between Las Vegas police and a group of more than 100 protesters, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
About 75 protesters took over a major intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard to kneel for a moment of silence, the paper said.
More than 400 people also took to the streets in separate protests in Chicago — with some sitting in the street to write “Breonna” in fake blood, the Chicago Tribune said.
One protester donned a fake police costume with a pig mascot head to stop and taker a photo with a line of real officers, the paper said.
Fearing the worst after some of the nation’s most violent protests, the state’s governor had already put the National Guard in a state of “readiness,” but the evening mostly went without drama, the paper said.
More than 300 also marched through Philadelphia, chanting Taylor’s name along with those of other victims of alleged police brutality, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“When black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” one protester said, according to CBSN Philly.
“We protested months ago. We’re protesting now and we have yet to see any real systematic change,” another said, according to the station which reported no violence or arrests.
With Post wires