LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly 130 protesters were arrested in Louisville in the hours following the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

Louisville Metro Police say 127 people were arrested on a range of charges including disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

LMPD said in a release that protesters were arrested during several incidents downtown and in the Highlands neighborhood. Several people were taken into custody, when police stopped an afternoon march down Bardstown Road. Some businesses were damaged by protesters.


Other incidents ended with LMPD arresting protesters including one where people moved concrete barricades at Market and 6th Streets and began letting traffic into the restricted area. Protesters downtown were also reportedly jumping on a police vehicle and damaging Public Works trucks serving as barricades.

Protesters damaged several buildings around downtown, including the old AT&T building where nearly every window was shattered. Fires were also set around Jefferson Square Park, which has been the focus of protests since May. And someone also tried to start a fire on the plywood covering windows on the Hall of Justice.

City workers shoveled up scorched piles of junk and even a discarded charcoal grill from the area around Jefferson Square on Thursday morning.

When police made announcements for the crowds at the square to disperse, many started marching toward Broadway and headed east. During that march is when two LMPD officers were shot and injured. Larynzo Johnson, 26, faces two counts of assaulting a police officer and 14 counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer.

LMPD released the names of the officers who were shot. Major Aubrey Gregory was shot in the leg and has been released from the hospital. Officer Robinson Desroches was shot in the stomach and is recovering from abdominal surgery. Both are expected to survive.

According to LMPD acting Chief Robert Schroeder, some businesses outside of downtown were looted. "There was looting on Preston Highway and Poplar Level Road- whether that's directly related to protests or simply people taking advantage of the situation, I cannot advise at this time."

Among those businesses looted were two City Gear stores and a pawn shop on Preston Highway. LMPD said there were 16 reports of looting across the city.

The protests began soon after a Jefferson County grand jury charged former Louisville police Det. Brett Hankison with three felony counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into a nearby apartment during the raid on Breonna Taylor's home in March.

Neither Hankison nor the two other officers who fired their weapons -- Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove -- were indicted in Taylor's death. Taylor was killed by one of Cosgrove's bullets, according to FBI ballistics findings released by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Protesters in Louisville and around the country had been calling for charges against all three LMPD officers involved in Taylor's death. 

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