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Protesters take to downtown Las Vegas after Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

Posted at 9:41 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 13:53:38-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Protesters took to the streets in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday evening following the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision in Louisville earlier in the day.

Though there was an instance where Las Vegas police were seen detaining demonstrators near Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, there were no major incidents as having taken place throughout the country, most notably in Louisville where two officers were shot and in Denver where a person was filmed getting hit by a car.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said this evening's protest had approximately 150 participants and that they made six arrests.

Watch the protest here:

Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police in her apartment on March 13. The incident happened as police obtained a search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation in which the 26-year-old Taylor was not a suspect.

Earlier this month, the city of Louisville, Kentucky, reached a $12 million wrongful death settlement with Taylor's family.

At the announcement of the settlement, Tamika Taylor, Breonna's mother, said "It's time to move forward with the criminal charges."

Prior to the protests in Las Vegas and other parts of the country, a grand jury declined to indict any of the three officers involved in the shooting, but instead charged one of them, Brett Hankison, with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into the apartments of Taylor's neighbors.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said the police obtained a "no knock" warrant. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron clarified during the press conference announcing the grand jury decision that officers were told to knock and announce their intentions.