Authorities said a man was killed and another injured in a shooting incident in the park on Saturday night. Protesters in the park protesting against police violence gathered for weeks.
Video posted online showed a man standing on the edge of Jefferson Square Park and shooting more than ten times, causing protesters to scramble for tents and park benches.
The Louisville Metro Police Department said in a statement that a man died at the scene, and another person who was shot was found across the street from the Judiciary Hall and was taken to the hospital with non-fatal injuries.
“I feel very sad about the violence that broke out in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where people who expressed their concerns gathered,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Say on Facebook. “This is a peaceful protest now a tragedy at the crime scene.”
Louisville has always been the center of protests against police violence. Last month, when 46-year-old George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, Louisville became the center of protest.
Floyd’s death has renewed attention. She is a 26-year-old African-American emergency room technician Breonna Taylor who was killed in a Louisville police shooting. When the police entered after midnight, Ms. Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker went to bed. The police are carrying out the so-called “non-explosive warrant”, which allows them to enter without concealment. Police said they did knock on the door and proved their identity, which was a controversial assertion of Ms. Taylor’s relatives.
During the encounter, Mr. Walker shot and hit an officer in the leg, and the police shot at least eight times. The arrest warrant was part of the drug investigation, but no drugs were found in the apartment.
The Louisville police dismissed one of the shooting policemen, Brett Hankison, who claimed that he violated their policy of using lethal force and fired 10 shots “blindly” in Ms. Taylor’s apartment. The Louisville City Council also voted to pass a ban on detonation, a measure known as the “Brona Rule”.