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Police and protesters clash in US after officers avoid criminal charges over fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor



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Protesters have descended on the US city of Louisville after a Kentucky grand jury cleared police officers of criminal charges following the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Hundreds of people were gathered in Jefferson Square Park when the decision was handed down on Wednesday.

The crowds erupted in anger, disgust and mourning and began marching through the streets of Louisville, which is currently under a curfew with a state of emergency in effect.

Dramatic images showed clashes breaking out between police and protesters, who marched shouting ”out of the homes, into the streets!”

Protesters march in Louisville, Kentucky, following the grand jury’s decision (AP)

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden urged that demonstrations be peaceful.

Two white policemen who fired into Ms Taylor’s apartment will not be prosecuted over her death because their use of force was justified, Kentucky’s attorney general said.

Police and protesters converge during a demonstration in Louisville (AP)

A third was charged with endangering her neighbours during the incident on March 13.

Ms Taylor, 26, a hospital emergency room technician, was shot multiple times. Her name has become a rallying cry for anti-police brutality protesters.

Mr Biden told reporters in Charlotte, North Carolina, that he would review the grand jury decision before commenting further.

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“My heart goes out to her mother… they (protests) should be peaceful.

“Do not sully her memory or her mother’s by engaging in any violence. It would be totally inappropriate for that to happen.

“She wouldn’t want it nor would her mother … I don’t know the details so I am reluctant to comment,” Mr Biden said.

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