HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Protesters across the country took to the street throughout the night and on Thursday, to express anger and frustration over the decision not to charge three Kentucky police officers in Breonna Taylor’s death.

A few events were planned in Connecticut on Thursday, including a protest on New Haven's Green that began at 5 p.m.

Throughout the evening, the protest remained peaceful yet reaffirmed its call for a just judicial system.

Protestors marched on the streets, shutting down intersections along the way to say Breonna Taylor’s name.

"I’m just really saddened today. I think she deserves so much more not just front he community but also from her country," Chandler Ford of New Haven said Thursday.

The mourning stems from outrage over one of the three Louisville officer charged with three counts of "wanton endangerment" for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s during a no-knock warrant raid in March.

"I know people’s hearts are heavy but I don’t want to start to dwell in that heaviness because we have work to do," Dr. Rev. Marcia Smith of Hamden said.

By work to do, protestors tell me they mean tackling systemic racism while changing the laws and electing new people.

"I definitely would like to see young people come out in numbers on November 3rd," Marissa Harris said.

The state’s police transparency task force also has a couple of meetings.

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From New York City to Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago, hundreds of demonstrators gathered to express their outrage.

In Taylor’s hometown of Louisville, two police officers were shot amid the protests Wednesday night.

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Both officers are expected to be okay. They were in the hospital listed in stable condition.

Close to 100 arrests were reported as officers responded to vandalism and looting, according to the Associated Press.

The gunfire rang out around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. At that point crowds had been gathered in Louisville for hours. They were protesting after a grand jury made its decision that no officers would be directly charged in the shooting death of Taylor.

Back in March, the 26-year old was shot six times in the hallway of her apartment during a botched drug investigation.

Taylor's boyfriend fired at the offers first, thinking they were intruders.

Wednesday, the grand jury said two of the now fired officers who shot at Taylor were justified in using force to protect themselves.

The only charges brought were against former officer Brett Hankinson for firing into neighboring homes.

Professor Lorenzon Boyd with the University of New Haven, a criminal justice and diversity expert, said the next step could be intervention from the federal government if they decide there was a civil rights violation.

“I don’t know that they would because it already went to a grand jury, but I don’t anticipate that they’re going to do anything, so I think unfortunately this could be the end of the line,” Boyd said.

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As for the two officers who were shot in Louisville, the city's police chief said they do have a suspect in custody, but he's worried about more violence.

“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” said Robert Schroeder, interim chief. “Obviously, we've had two officers shot [Wednesday night], and that it's very serious. I think that the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of utmost importance.”

In Connecticut, a group of state leaders and members of the public are teaming up to try and improve the relationship between police and minority communities.

The Police Transparency and Accountability Task Force is also working to reduce the number of times officers fire their weapons.

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The go to the wrong house, fire their weapon without regard for who they are shooting at and only get a D felony charge? And, here is the kicker. The taxpayers will foot the bill.


Police fired only after being fired at. Nothing wrong there.


Your knees are dirty from licking the boots.


And if it was OK, why the charge? Good try, but spectacular fail.


If someone busts down your door in the middle of the night you would be cool with that? I doubt it. Apparently you can't defend yourself if you are not white. The police fucked this up and we all know it.


It WAS NOT the wrong house. That has been debunked, and it would help if people stopped posting things that are inaccurate. It does not help the situation. And they were being shot at!! You think they needed to be able to identify who was shooting at them before they shot back? How would you react to being shot at? Why should they be charged at all?


No knock warrants are a joke. No drugs in the house. Forcible entry with no identification. Shot blindly into the house against department policy. Did not render aid to victim they shot for more than five minutes. How would you react to being shot at in your own home at 2 AM.? Get a f*ck*ng clue.

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