NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Protesters marched again Thursday in New York City following Wednesday’s grand jury decision not to charge Louisville, Kentucky, police officers for the death of Breonna Taylor.
A crowd gathered in Union Square around 5:30 p.m. Thursday and marched west on 15th Street, stopping outside City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s house.
It was one of several protests around the city honoring Breonna Taylor and marching against the grand jury’s decision in Kentucky on Wednesday not to charge any police officers directly for her death.
“At first I thought it was a crazy joke or something, and then I was like, wait a minute, that’s it?” protester Sahai H. said.
Protester Sami Disu brought his 2-year-old daughter to the rally in Union Square.
“It makes sense for me to involve her early on in a fight that she is going to grow up to inherit,” he told CBS2’s Ali Bauman
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Wednesday night, several thousand protesters marched through Manhattan and Brooklyn for hours after the ruling was announced.
They shut down streets around Lower Manhattan and several bridges, but overall, things remained peaceful with no reports of any arrests or vandalism.
Meanwhile in Kentucky, Major Aubrey Gregory and Officer Robinson Desroches are recovering after being shot in the hip and abdomen during Wednesday’s demonstrations in Louisville. Twenty-six-year-old Larynzo Johnson is charged with assault and wanton endangerment.
A small memorial is now growing outside Taylor’s apartment, where she was killed in March.
“I’m tired of seeing this happen to my people. Our lives are worth something, too,” Sahai H. said.
Since 2015, there have been more than 5,000 fatal police shootings nationwide. Seventy-one officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter. Nineteen have been convicted.
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