Tear gas deployed to break up crowd at Capitol protesting lack of charges in Breonna Taylor case

ATLANTA — Protesters took to the streets of downtown Atlanta over the announcement on Wednesday that a grand jury in Kentucky indicted a former Louisville police detective involved in the March 13 shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.

Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired from the police department in June, was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for shooting into Taylor’s apartment from outside, endangering the lives of three people in the apartment next door.


The grand jury determined that two other officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were justified in the shooting.

Here in Atlanta, protesters took to the streets starting at around 5 p.m. with a rally at Cleopas R. Johnson Park along Fair Street in southwest Atlanta to protest the lack of charges against those Kentucky officers. There was another rally held at Woodruff Park later in the evening, when protesters started making their way to the State Capitol.

Once they arrived at the Capitol building, protesters came face-to-face with Georgia State Patrol Troopers. Troopers eventually deployed tear gas to disperse the protesters. Then around 10:15 p.m., law enforcement began arresting the protesters after telling them to disperse.

Here is a minute-by-minute look at Wednesday’s protests:

10:17 p.m.: Police around the Capitol start arresting protesters

9:48 p.m.: The Georgia State Patrol starts using tear gas to disperse protesters.

9:01 p.m.: Protesters arrive at the State Capitol

8:23 p.m.: Protesters make their way to the State Capitol

7:19 p.m.: Protesters gather in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta