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Protesters rally outside Courthouse, through OTR after Breonna Taylor decision

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Posted at 8:14 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 22:01:58-04

CINCINNATI — Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the group's name. The group is actually called the Anti-Racism Anti-Police Brutality Coalition. WCPO regrets the error.

A group of protesters gathered in Downtown Cincinnati following a decision in the Breonna Taylor case Wednesday evening.

About 100 people rallied outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after a grand jury convened to investigate the March 13 police killing of Taylor, a Louisville ER technician, and recommended charges against only one of the three officers involved, former Det. Brett Hankison.

He was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment, not for shooting Taylor but for endangering the lives of her neighbors when he fired his gun into her apartment. Hankison was booked in the Shelby County Detention Center and was released after posting a $15,000 bond, according to WCPO media partner LEX18.

MORE: Officer charged with wanton endangerment in connection to Breonna Taylor's death

For community member Cory Brown, part of the Anti-Racism Anti-Police Brutality Coalition fighting against cases of police brutality, the Louisville case has far-reaching consequences.

“We’re out here because this is systemic,” Brown said. “This is not something that’s a blip on the radar. It continues to happen. It’s been happening for generations and it has to come to an end.”

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Protesters march through the West End following a decision in Kentucky not to indict two officers involved in the police killing of Breonna Taylor, Sept. 23, 2020.

As some medics for the group wielded assault rifles, no violent incidents took place as the group chanted down Vine Street Wednesday.

Protester Steven Walls said he and dozens of others came Downtown to show solidarity amid calls for racial justice.

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Protesters march across Downtown Cincinnati, rallying against a decision in the Breonna Taylor case on Sept. 23, 2020.

“We know the way things are going right now. It’s not working. We should work to change something about it,” Walls said.

By 8 p.m., protesters in Downtown Cincinnati had dispersed after groups marched down Main Street near Court Street Wednesday.

“It does happen in every city. That’s where we’re coming from. That’s why we’re continuing organizing, and continuing what we do," Brown said.

Meanwhile, in Louisville, streets were filled with demonstrators, with some detained by police, according to Mayor Greg Fischer. The city is under a state of emergency and a 9 p.m. curfew as many downtown businesses were boarded up and police officers were called back from vacations.

Two police officers had been shot Wednesday evening in Louisville amid protests, Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder confirmed.

The National Guard has been deployed in Louisville in a support role, according to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.