A man was fatally injured on Saturday night during a Black Lives Matter anti-racism demonstration in Louisville, central United States. In March, a black woman was killed by the police in her apartment, causing great emotion.
The death of Breonna Taylor was followed by numerous demonstrations against police violence, which then took on an unprecedented scale with the death of George Floyd, an African-American who was asphyxiated by a white police officer on May 25.
Prevented by a call, Louisville police announced that they had found a man seriously injured by gunshot in Jefferson Square Park where the demonstration was held.
“The police tried to save him, but without success,” said the police on Twitter.
Shortly after, another person was shot in front of the park. Police said they did not know if there was a single shooter or two, and gave no details on the victims.
Earlier in the evening, city mayor Greg Fischer asked the counter-demonstrators to stay away from the park. The Louisville Courier-Journal had indeed revealed that “armed patriotic groups” intended to confront the demonstrators.
The Black Lives Matter events have been particularly lively in Louisville since the death of Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old nurse was at home with her partner when three police officers knocked on her door without warning.
With a search warrant, the police were acting on an erroneous wanted poster concerning a suspect who no longer lived in the building and who was already detained. They hit the young woman with at least eight bullets.