Protesters gather in Denver following Breonna Taylor grand jury announcement

Following the protest, a driver hit a protester. She sustained minor injuries.

People gathered at the State Capitol on Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

People gathered at the State Capitol on Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

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Organizers in Denver held a rally outside the State Capitol tonight at 6 after a grand jury in Kentucky announced charges were filed against one of the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

The Courier Journal in Louisville, Ky., reported former Louisville Metro Police detective Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a felony charge. The newspaper reported the charges are related to Hankison “wantonly” shooting into some apartments, but not Taylor’s.

Taylor, who was Black, was shot and killed in her apartment by Louisville Metro Police officers on March 13 when cops used a “no-knock” warrant connected to an investigation of Taylor’s former boyfriend. The Courier Journal reported Taylor was shot five times. The three officers were white. Taylor was 26.

People began to assemble in front of the Capitol around 6.

“We’re tired,” state Rep. Leslie Herod said at the Denver rally. “We’re tired of screaming from the top of our lungs that Black lives matter.”

The Party for Socialism and Liberation, whose members have frequented protests against racism and police brutality this year, called on the Louisville Police Department to immediately fire and revoke the pensions from cops involved in Taylor’s shooting, the city to divest from Louisville Metro Police Department and for the mayor to resign. The crowd applauded as PSL read the list of demands.

Around 7:15 p.m., the crowd began marching downtown, chanting Taylor’s name.

A rally for Breonna Taylor had just ended, but a small crowd lingered at the intersection of Lincoln and Colfax. A silver car driving north on Lincoln approached the crowd. Some protesters encircled the car, hitting it and telling the driver turn around, while others in the crowd demanded the protesters stand down. The driver then accelerated, hitting at least one person. The woman, who told reporters her name was Kate, sustained minor injuries. The Denver Police Department tweeted that one man was in custody following the incident.

Along with George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Taylor’s death fueled protests against racism and police violence in Denver and across the country this summer.

Ahead of Wednesday’s announcement, NPR reported Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency in anticipation of “civil unrest.” The city has agreed to pay Taylor’s family $12 million over her death. Two other officers involved in Taylor’s shooting were not charged, according to the Courier Journal.

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

State Rep. Leslie Herod speaks to a crowd at a gathering outside the State Capitol on Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

State Rep. Leslie Herod speaks to a crowd at a gathering outside the State Capitol on Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

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DPS school board member Tay Anderson speaks to a crowd that gathered in Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

DPS school board member Tay Anderson speaks to a crowd that gathered in Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

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People gathered at the State Capitol on Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

People gathered at the State Capitol on Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

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A man yells, "Breonna Taylor" on Sept. 23 in a Denver march during a rally for Breonna Taylor after a grand jury announced charges against one of the officers involved in her shooting death.

A man yells "Breonna Taylor" on Sept. 23 during a rally for Breonna Taylor.

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Demonstrators in Denver march Sept. 23 during a rally for Breonna Taylor after a grand jury announced charges against one of the officers involved in her shooting death.

Demonstrators in Denver march Sept. 23 during a rally for Breonna Taylor.

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Hundreds of demonstrators gather in Denver on Sept. 23 during a rally for Breonna Taylor after a grand jury announced charges against one of the officers involved in her shooting death.

Hundreds of demonstrators gather in Denver on Sept. 23 during a rally for Breonna Taylor.

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Moesha Lewis raises her fist Sept. 23 in a Denver march to rally for Breonna Taylor after a grand jury announced charges against one of the officers involved in her shooting death.

Moesha Lewis raises her fist Sept. 23 in a Denver march for Breonna Taylor.

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A man and woman put their arms around each other on Sept. 23 at a rally in Denver for Breonna Taylor.

A man and woman put their arms around each other on Sept. 23 at a rally in Denver for Breonna Taylor.

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RTD Board Member, Shontel Lewis, speaks to the crowd in Denver on Sept. 23 during a rally for Breonna Taylor after a grand jury announced charges against one of the officers involved in her shooting death.

RTD board member Shontel Lewis speaks to the crowd in Denver on Sept. 23 during a rally for Breonna Taylor.

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Hundreds of demonstrators march in Denver on Sept. 23 during a rally for Breonna Taylor after a grand jury announced charges against one of the officers involved in her shooting death.

Hundreds of demonstrators march in Denver on Sept. 23 during a rally for Breonna Taylor.

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DPS school board member Tay Anderson leads hundreds of demonstrators through downtown Denver on Sept. 23 in Denver.

DPS school board member Tay Anderson leads hundreds of demonstrators through downtown Denver on Sept. 23 in Denver.

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Jordan Cain, closes her eyes, as she raises her fist along with hundreds of other demonstrators during a rally for Breonna Taylor in Denver on Sept. 23.

Jordan Cain with hundreds of other demonstrators during a rally for Breonna Taylor in Denver on Sept. 23.

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Rally organizer and Denver resident Karen Roberts-Grissom gives a powerful speech to demonstrators in front of the State Capitol on Sept. 23.

Rally organizer and Denver resident Karen Roberts-Grissom gives a powerful speech to demonstrators in front of the State Capitol on Sept. 23.

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