Riots In Louisville Turned Violent Thursday Evening As Gunshots Were Discharged, Viral Tweets Incorrectly Blamed The Police Officers On Scene
Riots in Louisville, Kentucky took a dramatic and violent turn shortly before midnight when multiple gunshots injured at least seven victims leaving one critically injured, according to a police spokeswoman who issued a statement at 1 AM on Friday. Multiple witnesses were on scene live streaming during the incident, and viral social media posts quickly spun the story as another incident of police brutality (see the last section of this article for examples).
“There have been some arrests, but at this time we are not able to tell you how many as the situation is ongoing,” spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. The names of those arrested will be released sometime tomorrow. While not much other information was offered, Smiley insisted that no police officer on scene discharged their firearm. In other words, the gunshots came from the rioters themselves.
UPDATE: Twitter Censors President Trump’s Comments On Ongoing Riots
At least one video of the injured victims has surfaced:
People were shot tonight in downtown Louisville protesting against LMPD and the Death of Breonna Taylor 🤦🏾♂️ I’m so exhausted I can’t make this shit up idk if it was the police or protestors who shot at the protesters pic.twitter.com/2VNZj71keI— Official thedjrayray (@thedjrayray) May 29, 2020
Here are some of the angles of the shooting incident:
SEVEN people have been shot in Louisville, during a protest in support of Breonna Taylor. pic.twitter.com/HgNuQ5WsrE— Harley Paul (@RUchipped) May 29, 2020
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Out of control in Louisville, KY pic.twitter.com/GjeUYIenqA— 📣Arthur Blake🗯 (@thatarthurblake) May 29, 2020
Shots fired during the Louisville rally for Breona Taylor, who was killed by police in her home. #BlackLivesMatter #BreonaTaylor #Louisville #GeorgeFloyd #GeorgeFloydprotest #donaldtrump #trump #minneapolisriots #riots #looting #minneapolis pic.twitter.com/0W3ZDKhpj8— Thee Jacksonian (@JacksonianMedia) May 29, 2020
The Violent Rioters Were Attempting To Flip An Prisoner Transit Vehicle Shortly Before The Shooting Began
They Ransacked The Louisville Metro Police Department
Louisville riots LMPD pic.twitter.com/BjWbjt7sZT— maria viti (@selfdeclaredref) May 29, 2020
Destruction of the statue of King Louis XVI, the statue’s hand was torn off and stolen
Black Lives Matter Rioters Falsely Claimed The Police Began Shooting “Protesters”
Race soldiers in Louisville are shooting live rounds at protesters tonight. A few people were wounded pic.twitter.com/UcS3GTbahj— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) May 29, 2020
so far best POV video (unlike news clips) showing Louisville cops shooting protestors. Revolutionary analysis on these uprisings in U.S. is critical at this moment. #BlackLivesMatter— SupportMutualAid 🐜🐌 (@jasonmaragon) May 29, 2020