Louisville PD apologizes for targeting news crew at protest

On Friday night police did not clash with protesters, but vandals trashed buildings, broke glass, set fires and looted restaurants in an eight-hour protest that started Friday afternoon and stretched into early Saturday morning.

Friday night's unrest followed a smaller, but still raucous, protest on Thursday which left seven people with gunshot wounds, including one in critical condition.

"I'm getting shot! I'm getting shot!" Thinking the police officers were intruders, Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, allegedly shot at police. "It's not something that should have occurred if she was singled out as a reporter". It is unclear based on several viral videos of the incident why police fired on the reporters there.

Attention on Ms Taylor's death has intensified after her family sued the police department earlier this month.

"Katie, are you OK?" asked an in-studio anchor. Rust tells them they're OK, and that the crew was behind the line, but police wanted them to move further away. She then said it was only a rubber bullet and that she was fine.

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A clip of the WAVE-TV broadcast posted to Twitter amassed more than 8 million views in less than six hours, and was retweeted more than 50,000 times, including by other journalists and rapper Ice-T.

Ms Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot eight times on March 13 after Louisville narcotics detectives knocked down the front door.

Like other cities across the U.S., Louisville has been the location of demonstrations sparked by the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, who died while in police custody on Monday.

Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, said Friday she was appreciative of people demanding that justice be done while decrying the violence evidenced during the protests. Protesters have been calling for justice in the Floyd case. The use of nonlethal force on the WAVE-TV crew happened the same day CNN employees were arrested live on air while covering protests in Minnesota.

A reporter for an NBC affiliate station in Louisville, KY was sacked upon with rubber bullets Friday night during a live broadcast covering street protests in that city.

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For the second straight night, violent confrontations ensued between police and protesters in Louisville.

A United States journalist covering protests sparked by the brutal death of African-American man George Floyd appears to have been shot at with non-lethal bullets fired by a police officer. It is violence, ' said Mayor Greg Fischer, in a 1am video call with reporters.

"This violence and destruction is absolutely unacceptable".

Around 12:20 a.m., Fischer tweeted a video that he said was a message from Taylor's family.

It later emerged that a judge had granted a "no-knock warrant", allowing the police to enter without first requesting access, because they believed drugs could be concealed on the premises.

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