Protests in Dallas, Fort Worth after Breonna Taylor decision


DALLAS, FT. WORTH (1080 KRLD)- Protesters filled streets in Dallas and Fort Worth Wednesday night after the announcement a grand jury had indicted one Louisville, Kentucky police officer in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor in March.

One former detective, Brett Hankison, was indicted on three felony counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into a nearby apartment; no officers were charged with her death.

In Dallas, several hundred protesters gathered outside City Hall while the city council's budget discussion continued Wednesday night. They also walked about half a mile to Dallas Police headquarters in the Cedars neighborhood.

"I would say I'm tired, but I'm way past tired. I would say I'm over it, but I was over it a long time ago," says Jesuorobo Enobakhare, the chairman of the Dallas Community Police Oversight Board. "Really, right now, I'm just heartbroken, hurt and disappointed."

Enobakhare says the Louisville Police Department's "culture, procedure and policies killed Breonna Taylor, and the state, by its laws, are complicit in this injustice."

Dallas police were tweeting during the demonstrations to give bystanders the protesters' locations and areas where traffic was blocked. They say protesters entered the parking garage beneath Dallas City Hall at one point; police blocked the entrance when the group returned.

Police say they wanted to be present, but they would not be visible unless property destruction or violence began. Dallas police say they did not make any arrests, and no issues were reported.

In Fort Worth, about 50 people walked through some streets downtown and heard speeches on the steps of the historic courthouse.

"We're not here to be quiet," an organizer told the group. "We're here so your frustration can be heard. Breonna Taylor deserved much more than this."

Fort Worth police say there was no violence there, either, and they did not make any arrests. They say that demonstration ended about 9:30 p.m.

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