Multiple rounds of gunfire interrupted a protest in downtown Louisville on Thursday night over the death of Breonna Taylor, with the Louisville Courier-Journal reporting that seven people had been shot. Police confirmed that shots had been fired at the demonstration; one person is reported to be in critical condition from the gunshots. The Courier-Journal reports that at around 11 p.m., hundreds of protesters had gathered in front of Metro Hall, the city’s main government building, after a line of police advanced on them to keep them moving. When demonstrators started to attempt to flip an armored police car, gunfire rang out, the paper said. A spokeswoman for Louisville Metro Police said no officers fired their weapons. The protest was one of many held nationwide to condemn police brutality against black Americans. While demonstrators in Louisville expressed outrage over the March 13 death of Taylor—an EMT who was fatally shot during a botched “no-knock” raid by police—protesters in New York City, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Columbus, and Denver took to the streets over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died in police custody this week after an officer was caught on video kneeling on his neck for several minutes.
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