Photos show angry protests in Louisville after no police were indicted for killing Breonna Taylor

Daniel Shular,Sinéad Baker
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Riot police run toward protesters after using smoke and stun grenades to clear Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday. Daniel Shular
  • Protests erupted in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday after a grand jury declined to charge two of the three police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's death.

  • Officers shot Taylor in her own home in March. Her death became a focal point of the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests that have continued across the country this year.

  • One of the officers was charged with firing shots that could have injured Taylor's neighbors, but he faced no charges over her death.

  • Protests spread, and two Louisville police officers were shot.

  • Demonstrations have erupted in cities across the US. Here's what Louisville looked like on Wednesday.

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Breonna Taylor's name and image became a key part of the anti-racism and anti-police-brutality movement that has swept the US.

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Taylor in an undated photo provided by her family's attorney Sam Aguiar. Courtesy of Taylor Family attorney Sam Aguiar via AP, File

Taylor was a 26-year-old EMT.

Taylor was shot eight times in her Louisville home on March 13.

The police were there as part of a drugs bust. They used a "no-knock" warrant, meaning they were not required to identify themselves before entering her home.

An attorney for Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said Walker fired a shot as a warning to the officers.

Kentucky's attorney general said the three officers fired more than 20 shots.

The grand jury's decision not to indict anyone over her death sparked protests and memorials in Louisville.

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A memorial for Taylor in Louisville on Wednesday. Daniel Shular

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Protesters hugged after the decision was announced. Only one officer was indicted, charged with firing stray bullets that entered a neighboring apartment.

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Two protesters embrace near Jefferson Square Park in Louisville on Wednesday. Jon Cherry/Getty Images

Large protests took place in other US cities, including Denver, New York, Washington, Chicago, and Atlanta.

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People take a knee on the 16th Street Mall in Denver as they protest the grand-jury decision on Wednesday. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

In Louisville, police officers marched through the city.

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A line of police officers marching toward Jefferson Square Park in Louisville. Daniel Shular

Police and protesters clashed. The police said more than 120 protesters were arrested.

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Riot police intervening in protests in Louisville on Wednesday. Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Source: Courier-Journal

Riot police in the city used tear gas and stun grenades to clear protesters from Jefferson Square Park.

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Riot police clearing protesters from Jefferson Square Park. Daniel Shular

Then they ran toward groups of protesters.

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Riot police running toward protesters after using smoke and stun grenades to clear Jefferson Square Park. Daniel Shular

A trash fire burned across from the city's Hall of Justice courthouse.

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The scene across the street from Louisville's Hall of Justice on Wednesday. Daniel Shular

The National Guard was also there.

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National Guard troops watching riot police pass after the police cleared Jefferson Square Park. Daniel Shular

FBI officers were there too.

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FBI officers near an armored truck in Louisville. Daniel Shular

Police officers rode through the city in armored vehicles.

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Kentucky State Police officers riding in an armored truck driving down West Jefferson Street in Louisville. Daniel Shular

Two police officers were shot in downtown Louisville on Wednesday.

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Louisville police investigating the area near where the two officers were shot. Daniel Shular

Armed police watched over the scene.

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A Louisville police officer standing guard with an AR-15 rifle near where two officers were shot. Daniel Shular

Louisville Assistant Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said that both officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and that a suspect was in custody.

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Schroeder at a press conference near the University of Louisville Hospital. Daniel Shular

Schroeder, the interim police chief, said both officers were at the university hospital — one was in stable condition, and the other was undergoing surgery but also stable.

The police said "several locations" were looted early Thursday after the city's curfew came into effect.

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Protesters march in Louisville on Wednesday. JEFF DEAN/AFP via Getty Images

A Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman told The Courier-Journal that the police declared downtown protests unlawful before the 9 p.m. curfew as people set several fires.

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