Two cops shot in Louisville protests, KY Gov mobilizes National Guard as radicals promise city ‘will burn’
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (R) mobilized 500 state National Guard troops to Louisville when two police officers were shot during protests in the city last night after a grand jury refused to indict officers for the death of Breonna Taylor.
“The guard members are providing ‘civil disturbance support’ to the Louisville Metro Police Department and are protecting ‘critical infrastructure sites,’ such as hospitals, in and around Louisville,” says the Louisville Courier-Journal.
“Guard leadership will retain command and control while working with the LMPD,” Kentucky Guard Spokesman Major. Stephen Martin added.
Around 9 ET Wednesday, reports of gunfire emerged from the protests and it was subsequently confirmed that two officers had sustained what police say are non-life-threatening wounds.
Police say that they have one suspect in custody.
“Larynzo Johnson, 26, was arrested in connection with the shooting of both officers and was expected to face an arraignment hearing on Friday morning, likely via remote as courts are closed due to anti-coronavirus measures,” reports CBS News. “The FBI has said it was assisting with the investigation into the shooting.”
The FBI doesn’t have to look much farther than Twitter to find the cause of the violence, say conservatives.
Twitter was the target this morning by some who say that the company violated its own rules about promoting violence for tweets that seem to encourage the looting and sacking of the city as retaliation for the grand jury decision.
The conservative outlet Breitbart featured several Twitter posts that called for violence, including one that promised: “Louisville KY will burn tonight.”
“I can confirm that the Tweet referenced does not violate Twitter Rules,” a Twitter spokeswoman told Breitbart News.
Others echoed the sentiment that Louisville should burn.
“Burn it all down,” tweeted Guy Ben-Aharon.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer pleaded with protesters to keep it peaceful. Shortly after the shootings, he told protesters to follow the curfew the city imposed and go home while expressing solidarity with the officers.
“Our hearts go out to the two @LMPD officers who were shot,” said Fischer. “Please pray for them and their families, & pray for our city, and all who are in pain today. For anyone who is still out, please go home tonight. Violence doesn’t get us closer to a fair, just and equitable city.”
Video from downtown Louisville shows a heavy police presence with intermittent scuffling between protesters and police, and small fires breaking out with the goal of overwhelming emergency responders.
President Trump also expressed sympathy for the officers and promised Kentucky whatever federal aid is necessary to restore order in the state.
“Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky. The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. Spoke to @GovAndyBeshearand we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!” the President tweeted.
Police say that they arrested 127 protesters last night.
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