September 23 Breonna Taylor news

By Fernando Alfonso III, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Mike Hayes, Jessie Yeung, Tara John and Ed Upright, CNN

Updated 9:01 p.m. ET, September 24, 2020
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11:19 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Kentucky governor urges protesters to go home, doesn't want to see any more violence tonight

From CNN’s Alec Snyder

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Source: Office of Governor Andy Beshear

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear urged protesters to go home tonight, after two police officers were shot in Louisville, the city where Breonna Taylor was killed.

"We know that the answer to violence is never violence and we are thinking about those two officers and their families tonight. So I’m asking everybody: please, go home. Go home tonight," he said.

"There will be many times over the coming days where there will be an opportunity to be heard and so many people are listening right now. As your governor, I’ve promised to listen."

Beshear added that he is thinking about the two injured officers and their family.

"But let’s make sure we don’t see any more violence tonight, and let’s make sure that we find ways of expressing ourselves moving forward where your point and other people’s points are made and that hopefully we can not just listen, but we can hear," he said, urging people to "stay safe."

11:09 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Protests are erupting in multiple cities as night falls

Protesters react to gunfire on Wednesday night in Louisville, Kentucky.
Protesters react to gunfire on Wednesday night in Louisville, Kentucky. John Minchillo/AP

As night falls, large protests are taking place in several major US cities following the grand jury indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

In Louisville, Kentucky, where Taylor was killed, two police officers have been shot during the protests. Crowds are still out despite a 72-hour curfew that went into effect at 9 p.m. ET. Some 500 members of the Kentucky National Guard were deployed earlier in the day, and a heavy police presence was deployed downtown to clear the streets during curfew.

Members of Black Lives Matters (BLM) are joined by hundreds of others during an evening protest against the Kentucky grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case outside of the Barclays Center on Wednesday night in Brooklyn.
Members of Black Lives Matters (BLM) are joined by hundreds of others during an evening protest against the Kentucky grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case outside of the Barclays Center on Wednesday night in Brooklyn. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In New York, several hundred protesters are assembled in Manhattan. They started gathering hours ago in Brooklyn near the Barclays Center, before marching across the Manhattan Bridge into the East Village. Protesters on the street are diverse, including parents and families earlier in the evening.

One protester on a bicycle was struck by a pickup truck upstate in Buffalo, New York, earlier tonight. The bicyclist has non-life threatening injuries, police said.

In Atlanta, protests stayed peaceful for hours, with hundreds of protesters marching through the city's downtown. But things heated up later in the evening, with the Georgia State Patrol deploying tear gas against the protesters.

Other cities with protests include Nashville, Tennessee; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; St. Paul, Minnesota; Washington, DC; and Chicago, Illinois.

10:56 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Louisville police confirm two officers shot, one suspect in custody

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Louisville Metro Police Department Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder speaks to the media as he confirms two officers have been shot, after protesters clashed with police in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 23.
Louisville Metro Police Department Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder speaks to the media as he confirms two officers have been shot, after protesters clashed with police in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 23. Bryan Woolston/Reuters

Two officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department were shot Wednesday night during protests of the Breonna Taylor case, the interim chief of the Louisville Police Department confirmed in a press briefing.

Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder told reporters that one officer is in surgery, and both are in stable condition. A suspect is in custody, according to Schroeder.

“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” Schroeder said.

Schroeder said that around 8:30 p.m. ET, officers had been deployed downtown after shots were fired in a crowded area.

"We have had two officers shot tonight and it's very serious. It's a dangerous condition. I think the safety of the officers and community we serve is utmost importance," he added.

The names of the officers were not released.

10:41 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Acting DHS Secretary comments on Louisville shooting of police

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, on Wednesday, September 23.
Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, on Wednesday, September 23. Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, has commented on the shooting of police in the protests in Louisville tonight.

"Violence against law enforcement is NEVER acceptable in a civil society," Wolf tweeted. "Praying for the well-being of the injured LMPD officers."

CNN has only confirmed one officer has been shot.

9:56 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

FBI is assisting the Louisville Metro Police with a SWAT team

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

The FBI Louisville field office said it has deployed a SWAT team to respond to a Louisville Metro Police Department officer being shot and "will continue to assist in the investigation."

The department has not provided additional details on the shooting. The department has scheduled a news conference tonight.

9:44 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Chicago priest paints Breonna Taylor's name on the street in fake blood

From CNN's Christina Zdanowicz

Father Michael Pfleger led a group of protesters in Chicago, Illinois, today before using fake blood to paint Breonna Taylor’s name in the street.

9:05 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Curfew has begun in Louisville as protests continue

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

The 72-hour curfew is underway in Louisville, Kentucky, as protests continue following the grand jury indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

The curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. ET to 6:30 a.m. ET.

Because most protest-related violence over the past few months occurred after dark, Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order setting a countywide curfew.

“The curfew is related to the well-being of our citizens and businesses due to the potential unrest,” the executive order said.  

9:12 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Joe Biden says the decision in Taylor's case "does not answer" the call for equal justice

From CNN's Sarah Mucha

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, flanked by members of his Secret Service detail, speaks to media about the Breonna Taylor ruling and other topics before boards a plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, flanked by members of his Secret Service detail, speaks to media about the Breonna Taylor ruling and other topics before boards a plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday. Carolyn Kaster/AP

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has released a statement following the grand jury decision not to charge the Louisville officers with killing Breonna Taylor, saying that he knows that for so many people, the decision "does not answer" the call for equal justice. 

"Breonna Taylor was a beloved daughter, member of her community, and an essential worker who served as an EMT as Covid-19 began to spread. But she died, shot in her own home by the police. In the wake of her tragic death, we mourn with her mother, family, and community and ask ourselves whether justice could be equally applied in America," he said. "I know for so many people today’s decision does not answer that call." 

He added that the federal investigation remains ongoing, but in order to address the injustice, "we need to start by addressing the use of excessive force, banning choke holds, and overhauling no-knock warrants." 

Biden once again warned that violence is "never acceptable" but notes that people have a right to peacefully protest. 

9:01 p.m. ET, September 24, 2020

Louisville Metro police say an officer has been shot

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

Police block the road near the scene where it is believed an officer has been shot in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wedneday September 23.
Police block the road near the scene where it is believed an officer has been shot in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wedneday September 23. Bryan Woolston/Reuters

The Louisville Metro Police Department announced Wednesday night that one officer has been shot.

The department did not provide additional details.

“We currently have an officer shot,” department spokesperson Sgt. Lamont Washington said in a news statement.

“We’ll update when we can,” he added.

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