Black Lives Matter anarchists are making good on their threats to kill police as the dangerous anti-law enforcement movement attracts more followers.
In Portland, Oregon protesters were distributing popular pamphlets with titles that included I Want To Kill Cops Until I’m Dead and Piece Now, Peace Later: An Anarchist Introduction to Firearms, according to a Monday New York Times report.
Two Kentucky police officers are the latest shooting victims as riots erupted in Louisville Wednesday night after a grand jury decided not to indict three officers on murder charges related to the killing of Breonna Taylor.
The 26-year-old emergency medical technician and aspiring nurse, was shot six times as the officers raided her home in March.
The grand jury returned only one charge of ‘wanton endangerment’ against officer Brett Hankison for shooting into the homes of Taylor’s neighbors. Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the two other officers’ actions had been justified.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Thursday the two officers are doing well. One officer was treated and released with a leg wound. Another officer was shot in the abdomen and the mayor said he was doing well after surgery.
One suspect identified as Larynzo Johnson, 26, has been charged with wanton endangerment and assault of a police officer. He will be arraigned Friday. Police said they made 127 arrests.
According to the Associated Press, shots rang out as protesters were moving through an alleyway to avoid a police roadblock as officers threw pepper balls at them.
Interim Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder said Wednesday the shootings took place at Brooks Street and Broadway at about 8.30pm.
I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” said Schroeder. “Obviously we’ve had two officers shot tonight. That is very serious and a dangerous condition. I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve are of utmost importance.”
Schroeder said the officers were shot after investigating reports of gunfire at an intersection where there was a large crowd.
During protests in Washington Wednesday Seattle Collegian reporter Alexa Villatoro captured footage of a police officer being beaten in the head with a baseball bat by a BLM protester. He was also hit with several unidentified projectiles.
At least 13 people were arrested for various charges including property destruction, resisting arrest, failure to disperse, and assault on an officer, according to a Seattle Police Department (SPD) blotter post.
The SPD said multiple officers were injured during a protest at Capitol Hill. One officer who was injured was struck in the back of the head with a baseball bat, cracking his helmet.
Police asked anyone who can help identify the person who struck the officer to call the department’s tip line at 206-233-5000.
Around 10:45 p.m., police said a protester “threw an explosive” at the SPD’s East Precinct. The object went through a roll-up gate and exploded near bike officers. Protesters also cut wires powering the precinct’s security cameras.
The SPD said bottles and rocks were thrown at bike officers when they attempted to arrest the person who threw the explosive at the East Precinct. Protestors threw rocks, bottles, and even a fire extinguisher at officers.
Hundreds of officers have been assaulted during months of anti-police protests. Less than two weeks ago in California, two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies were ambushed in a shooting.
“The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation,” according to the department’s Twitter account. Both deputies sustained multiple gunshot wounds and were in critical condition.
Footage, taken outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where the officers were taken, showed protesters screaming: “We hope they f***ing die.”
One protester was yelling: “I want to deliver a message to the family of the pigs: I hope they f***ing die.”
Another demonstrator tells police: “Y’all gonna die one by one. This ain’t gonna stop.”
“We hope the bitch dies!” protesters screamed at one of the injured officers, a 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy. The other wounded sheriff’s deputy is a 24-year-old male. Both graduated from the police academy 14 months ago.