Fischer recognized the sufferer as Tyler Gerth. No others had been shot at the sq., Fischer stated. In a statement given to WDRB, Gerth’s household stated he was as photographer capturing photos of the protests.
“We are devastated that his life was taken was from us far too soon. Tyler was incredibly kind, tender hearted and generous, holding deep convictions and faith,” the assertion stated. “It was this sense of justice that drove Tyler to be part of the peaceful demonstrations advocating for the destruction of the systemic racism within our society’s systems.”
Activists have assembled at Jefferson Square Park for greater than a month to protest police brutality. Video posted on-line Saturday reveals a man in shorts and a tank high aiming a gun in the course of tents arrange in the park and opening hearth. Videos on social media present protesters fleeing the realm and, in some circumstances, diving and crouching behind close by parked automobiles, tents and bushes as photographs are fired.
“None of us wanted to see this area of peaceful protest become a crime scene,” Fischer stated. He referred to as for town to unite in the aftermath of the taking pictures and stated that it can’t gradual or halt efforts to institute the reforms that protesters are demanding.
“We cannot let one senseless act, let one individual derail that dream, that vision that we have as a city,” he stated.
Interim police chief Robert Schroeder stated the alleged shooter had been taking part in the protests since they started. Schroeder stated the man been arrested a number of occasions in latest weeks and had been requested to go away the park by different protesters due to his “disruptive behavior.”
Surveillance footage shared by Schroeder at the information convention confirmed the man in an obvious confrontation with a number of protesters at the sting of the sq. earlier than opening hearth.
Jasmine Harris, a 27-year-old protester, stated she and others had been taking part in a music video when she heard gunfire.
“All I could hear was: bang, bang. I thought they were fireworks,” she stated. She heard 4 extra photographs, she stated, and noticed a man mendacity on the bottom, bleeding.
“It was a very good time, we were all getting along” earlier than the taking pictures, she stated. “It was heartbreaking.”
Maxwell Mitchell, 32, stated issues had been “very happy” in the park Saturday evening.
“There was a children’s march. Things were joyous, things were happy, and you know, out of nowhere, this happens. And it turned things completely south,” he stated.
Mitchell, who posted video of the taking pictures on social media, fears the taking pictures may make it tougher for the calls for of the protesters to be met.
“Everyone as a group has been trying to figure out the best move to get justice, meet those demands that we have not just to achieve justice for Breonna Taylor but for countless black people who have been killed by corrupt police,” he stated. “Now this, in my opinion, is really derailing things.”
Early Sunday morning, police introduced that whereas they might proceed to permit peaceable protests throughout the day, they might not allow protesters to remain in the park in a single day or erect “tents of any kind.”
The park — a small plaza in the city’s downtown — has become an encampment in recent weeks, with protesters sleeping overnight in tents and stands, handing out food and supplies, and demonstrating against police brutality and systemic racism during the day. On Sunday, activists returned to donate food, clothes, water and toiletries to homeless people in the park who lost their belongings when police cleared the area following the shooting.
Shannon Higgins, 37, was handing out slices of pizza to protesters. “I woke up this morning and I saw that homeless people had lost everything: their tents, their clothes, their food,” Higgins stated. “Everything that was set up at the campsite was gone. I just wanted to get up and help serve.
“Now we have to come back together. You have people who were down here in unity, who were living here and found solace here and it all got swept away. Now that it’s all been swept away, we have to rebuild.”
Schroeder apologized to protesters for the way in which the park was cleared of tents and supplies, saying it was not the department’s intention to damage belongings, but many items were “treated in a manner that is less than our standards.”
Anti-violence activist Christopher 2X, who heads the organization Game Changers, said the shooting reflects an epidemic of gun violence that has continued to plague Louisville even throughout the pandemic and recent unrest.
“I would have thought when covid hit that we’d hit the pause button on reckless shootings around here,” he said. “I really thought it was going to peel the deal back. But I was wrong about that.”
Louisville has become a center of protests against police brutality, with demonstrations related to the death of Taylor intensifying and growing after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed in her home in Louisville by police after they executed a no-knock warrant on March 13.
At least three officers were involved in the raid, firing into Taylor’s apartment just after midnight. In a lawsuit filed in April, Taylor’s family said Louisville police executed a search warrant at Taylor’s home, looking for a man who did not live there. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who reportedly was a licensed gun owner, shot at officers when they attempted to enter the apartment, and the officers returned fire.
Taylor was shot at least eight times and killed. Authorities have released little information about the killing. It is being investigated by state and local authorities and the FBI.