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'We do not need for our community to get hurt': Taylor family asks protests to remain peaceful

Taylor's family issued statements via social media thanking the community for "giving Bre a voice." The family urged protesters to go home early Friday morning.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Breonna Taylor's family was not in attendance at the protest on Thursday but thanked the community for raising awareness of what happened and demanding justice. Issuing statements on social media, the family condemned the violence and damage to property that took place.

The family echoed sentiments passed along by Mayor Greg Fischer to keep the protests peaceful.

"We are so grateful for everyone giving Bre a voice tonight, for saying her name, for demanding truth, for demanding justice and for demanding accountability. Please keep demanding this. But please keep it peaceful. Do not succumb to the levels that we see out of police. Speak. Protest. But do not resort to violence. We demand change. We demand reform. But we do not need for our community to get hurt, we need for our community to get justice. Thank you all so very much," Breonna's sister, Juniyah Palmer wrote in a Facebook post. 

Fischer also shared a video from the Taylor family urging the protesters to be peaceful and go home.

The family of Taylor and others are planning their own protest this Saturday outside Metro Hall. 

Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Louisville, the protests turned violent as seven people were shot and injured. 

LMPD is going to release more information about the protests later today.

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