With riots sweeping the nation once again, police are now having to grapple with extremists attempting to kill them. With one officer almost killed in Seattle, two were shot in Louisville by activists. But as the AP reports, they were not determined by police that it was one of the demonstrators.
Several shots rang out as demonstrators in downtown Louisville agitated police blockades, moving down an alleyway, according to an Associated Press journalist.
The violence comes after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Taylor, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend. The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s with people inside. From the evidence of the situation, it’s clear these officers were not at fault, as her boyfriend engaged with officers first and even struck an officer. The “no-knock warrant” misinformation is what is fulling these riots. They knocked, and even stated their identification and reason for being there.
Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said a suspect was in custody but did not offer details about whether that person was participating in the demonstrations. He says both officers are expected to recover, and one is undergoing surgery.
The suspects who tried to murder two police officers are in fact part of the demonstration. The spread of mass misinformation is damaging the facts of these events and creating more division between those that believe the false information and those that took the time to look into the facts.