x
Breaking News
More () »

Louisville's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Louisville, Kentucky | WHAS11.com

'This is really heartbreaking.' Protesters express pain, anger after Breonna Taylor decision

For so many in Louisville, the pain is palpable and the wait for justice continues.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The highly anticipated decision in the Breonna Taylor case was watched around the world and comes after more than 100 days of protests centered around Jefferson Square Park.

Moments before the announcement, crowds waited anxiously for an update on the case from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and the grand jury's recommendation.

"I am hoping that Lousiville can find it in it's heart to deliver justice and then peace and then healing so we can go forward as a community together," Sadiqa Reynolds, CEO of the Louisville Urban League said.

Word of the grand jury's decision played over an intercom. At first there was only quiet and then the reality started to sink in.

RELATED: Breonna Taylor's family heartbroken by grand jury decision, attorneys say

The grand jury recommended three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment charges for Brett Hankison, a former LMPD officer, for firing his gun into a nearby apartment the night Taylor was killed by police.

Charges were not recommended for the other officers involved that night. Attorney General Cameron said the use of deadly force by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove was justified after Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at officers when they entered the apartment.

At first there was only quiet in the crowd. Then the reality started to sink in. 

The group called each other to the street as anger and sadness welled up to the surface. They marched and chanted Breonna Taylor's name.

RELATED: 'Justice failed us today' | Rep. Charles Booker calls for people to keep lifting their voices after Breonna Taylor decision

The group started downtown, moving more than four miles into the Highlands where some neighbors came out of their homes in tears.

"This is really heartbreaking, you know. My heart goes out to the family- this is really heartbreaking. It's sad because all they have to do is arrest the officers. That's it," said one woman in the Highlands.

Hours into the march, the dynamic took a turn with patio furniture flipped over and windows of businesses shattered. 

Police  ramped up their response, shooting pepper balls trying to get the crowd under control and then making arrests.

"This is not just going to pass over. It's not going to blow over. We are not going back to business as usual. We are not going back at all," Pastor Williams told WHAS11.

Calm followed what happened in the Highlands for a short time, but as night set in, frustrations filled downtown.

For so many in Louisville, the pain is palpable and the wait for justice continues.

RELATED: Mayor Fischer encourages Louisville to 'turn to each other, not on each other' after Breonna Taylor announcement

►Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users. 

Have a news tip? Email assign@whas11.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed