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National outrage after decision not to charge officers for Breonna Taylor’s death

Officials in Louisville, Kentucky, are appealing for calm after public outrage over the decision not to charge police with Breonna Taylor’s death. Two officers were shot and wounded amid new protests in the city overnight. But grief and anguish about the result of the case, in which Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment as she slept, extend across the nation. Yamiche Alcindor reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: Officials in Louisville, Kentucky appealed for calm over the Breonna Taylor killing. There were new protests overnight, and two officers were shot and wounded after the decision not to charge police with Taylor's death.

    Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor has our report.

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    Last night in Louisville, Kentucky, protesters' demands for justice for Breonna Taylor gained new urgency.

    They came soon after a grand jury brought no charges against two officers who fatally shot Taylor in her home. The officers were attempting to serve a drug warrant in March. A third officer, who has already been fired, was indicted for recklessly shooting into a nearby apartment.

    Taylor, who was sleeping before officers shot her, had no criminal record, and no drugs were found in her apartment.

    Kentucky's attorney general said the officers who fired repeatedly acted in self-defense after Taylor's boyfriend fired a single shot.

    Angry and distraught, hundreds took to the streets for protests across the nation, from Los Angeles to New York City…

  • Protester:

    It's definitely going to be in the history books. If we do nothing, the police are going to continue to commit genocide on my brothers and sisters.

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    And Washington, D.C.

  • Christine Brandes:

    This young amazing woman who was contributing to her community gets shot down because they went to the wrong house looking for some ex-boyfriend? The whole thing is so infuriating.

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    Demonstrations were largely peaceful, but, in Louisville, two police officers were shot.

  • Man:

    Take cover! Take cover!

  • Woman:

    Officer down.

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    Both are expected to recover. One suspect has been charged. It's unclear if he was a protester.

    In Washington, President Trump commented on the violence as he left the White House.

  • President Donald Trump:

    I also think it's so sad, what's happening with everything about that case, including law enforcement, so many people suffering, so many people needlessly suffering. But, with respect to Breonna, we give our regards to the family.

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    Today, in Louisville, more protests geared up.

  • Greg Fischer:

    Our community is hurting.

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    Mayor Greg Fischer, who announced police reforms and a $12 million settlement with Taylor's family last week, said he understood the disappointment.

  • Greg Fischer:

    The question, obviously, is, what do we do with this pain? We never had control over what attorney general or the grand jury would do. We do have control over happens next in our city.

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    A curfew in Louisville remains in effect for the next two nights.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Yamiche Alcindor.

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