Protest against Grand Jury decision in Breonna Taylor case in Colorado Springs

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UPDATE (9/28/20): Colorado Springs Police tell FOX21 that laws were broken during this protest – issuing the following statement:

“We absolutely support everyone’s right to peacefully and lawfully protest; unfortunately laws were broken during yesterday’s protest – such as the blocking of traffic/marching in the roadway. Officers on scene also gave several warnings – which went ignored.” -Colorado Springs Police Department

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COLORADO SPRINGS — About 100 people gathered at City Hall in downtown Colorado Springs on Sunday afternoon calling for justice for Breonna Taylor.

Taylor was killed by police in Lousiville earlier this year.

Protests continuing in major cities around the U.S. after a grand jury decided to not charge three police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor. One officer was fired and is facing charges of wanton endangerment.

The group is moving along the street on Tejon, be aware if you need to travel in the area.

On Friday, Breonna Taylor’s family demanded that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that led to no charges being brought against police officers who killed the Black woman during a raid at her apartment.

Around 4:30 p.m. CSPD said this protest was declared unlawful. The crowd was in the street blocking traffic.

*PROFANITY WARNING*

Around 5:00 p.m., protesters stopped in the intersection at Colorado Ave and Tejon St, and say a car tried to pass through.

“He tried to go through me, but around the crowd. Just so we’re clear… through me,” said protester Dalinn Harkins. “This dude was gonna go through the crowd but sees me more on my own, so then swerves in to hit me.”

Harkins says she kicked his car and jumped out of the way to avoid being hit. She says the man got out of his car and started to chase her with a golf club.

“It was not unlawful. Literally, until someone who was not part of the protest attempted to mow me down,” said Harkins.

Police have not yet said why the protest was declared unlawful.

The group started marching again after 5 p.m. heading to the CSPD operations center.

“There’s gonna be protests no matter what, we’re gonna be out here until we get justice – for Elijah Mcclain, for Breonna Taylor,” said Harkins.

Activists across the country pouring onto city streets — like Portland, Sacramento, and Lousiville — for another weekend of protest denouncing racial injustice and police brutality following the grand jury’s decision in the death of Breonna Taylor.

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