US: 7 shot in Kentucky protests for black civil rights

In this photo provided by instagram of @mckinley_moore, police officers gather, May 28 in Louisville, Ky, as protesters show against the killing of Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot by police in her home in March. (@mckinley_moore via AP)

Protestors gathered to call justice for Breonna Taylor, black woman killed by in March

At least seven people were injured by gunfire in Louisville, during protests to demand justice for the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed in raid in March.

Hundreds took to the streets of Louisville Thursday night to demand conviction of police officers involved in the killing of 26-year-old Taylor on March 13.

The Louisville Police Department said in a statement to CBS News that at least one person in critical condition following the incident on Thursday night.

The department also said there have been some arrests.

Taylor, an emergency medical technician, shot and killed by police during a no-knock search warrant for a drug investigation while she was asleep.

Demands of protesters in Kentucky are similar to those in Minneapolis, all seeking justice for brutal killings of unarmed black citizens by the US police.

The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police arrest on Monday elicited rage countrywide, triggering similar protests outside of Minneapolis.

Video of Floyd's arrest captured by a bystander and posted on Facebook appeared to show the victim pinned to the ground, repeatedly pleading "I can't breathe" for nearly four minutes as an officer holds his neck to the ground with his knee. He appeared to be in handcuffs in the video footage.

Floyd, 46, appeared to lose his consciousness, but the officer maintained his position on the victim.

His pulse was checked about three minutes after he stopped gasping for air while the officer continued to press his knee on Floyd's neck, but it is unclear from the video what the assessment was at that point. He was then loaded on to a stretcher and moved into an ambulance.

He did not appear to be conscious and died shortly after being taken to a hospital.

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