There were several protests in American cities on Saturday, which was the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death. Some of the peaceful protests escalated into unrest and violence.
In Louisville, crowds gathered to call for justice for Taylor, who was shot and killed by a Louisville Metro Police Department officer when a raid turned deadly after her boyfriend Kenneth Walker exchanged gunfire in the early hours of March 13, 2020. The LMPD declared an unlawful assembly after protesters were "blocking the roadway and forcing vehicles, while armed, to turn around."
Protesters are in the 1300 block of River Road. They have been blocking the roadway and forcing vehicles, while arm… https://t.co/cOBt5ktoks— LMPD (@LMPD) 1615689050.0
While the protests in Louisville were peaceful, the same can not be said for Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles.
In Seattle, video from Campus Reform senior correspondent Blair Nelson shows black bloc malcontents clash with police officers.
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Protestors are pushed back and sprayed by police with mace. #BLM #Seattle #BreonnaTaylor #antifa https://t.co/e8CG2PJvF3— Blair Nelson (@Blair Nelson) 1615704536.0
Pepper-spray deployed as police rush into the crowd marching in the street in Seattle this Saturday night #Seattle… https://t.co/kOFkW8JTwb— Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager) 1615704488.0
Photojournalist Brendan Gutenschwager shared a video of protesters telling police officers to "jump" off a skyway over a road in Seattle, where there were reported to be 100 black bloc agitators. A Starbucks was spray-painted with graffiti and windows were smashed by the mob. The Seattle Police Department said they made 13 arrests, including one for assault on an officer.
The crowd chants “Jump!” at police officers filming from a skyway over the road here in Seattle #Seattle… https://t.co/lKUcNYQmDV— Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager) 1615704952.0
Starbucks windows smashed as the crowd makes their way through Seattle #Seattle https://t.co/SQDBjakERZ— Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager) 1615702684.0
In Portland, where unrest has happened regularly for months, there were several acts of violence on Saturday night. Protesters marched towards the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, which is where rioters set fires on Thursday. Vandals spray-painted "police are murderers" on the federal courthouse. Rioters attempted to knock down the plywood boards protecting the courthouse in video provided by KOIN-TV reporter Jennifer Dowling.
Just prior to these comments, some people were kicking & punching the plywood boards on the federal courthouse buil… https://t.co/f0BIIoPhcC— Jennifer Dowling (@Jennifer Dowling) 1615705695.0
In Los Angeles, several storefronts were destroyed by violent rioters.
Andy Ngô, editor-at-large at the Post Millennial, shared video of the damage with the caption: "Antifa smashed out windows and vandalized businesses in Los Angeles overnight in a riot organized for Breonna Taylor."
#Antifa smashed out windows and vandalized businesses in Los Angeles overnight in a riot organized for Breonna Tayl… https://t.co/GFPYq1yeVy— Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô) 1615709233.0
Antifa riot on the streets of Los Angeles overnight by smashing up businesses and property. #AntifaRiots https://t.co/hkiMe3iKKN— Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô) 1615709340.0
Los Angeles: #Antifa held a violent protest to honor Breonna Taylor. It was organized by the local cell for the You… https://t.co/BfLYw0scpW— Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô) 1615709073.0
Many of the protesters in L.A. were seen wielding black shields with white fists painted on them, and some were waving Antifa flags.
An #antifa flag is carried during the riot overnight in Los Angeles. Report this out, legacy media. #AntifaRiots https://t.co/E7fPWvpIZh— Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô) 1615709414.0
Videographer Tomas Morales was reporting from Hollywood, where he wrote, "Antifa/BLM smashed windows of a CVS & an Asian Grill tonight for Breonna Taylor. BLM/Antifa spray painted all along Gower street in Hollywood for Breonna Taylor."
Hollywood: Antifa/BLM smashed windows of a CVS & an Asian Grill tonight for Breonna Taylor https://t.co/9wfkYMSWcv— Tomas Morales (@Tomas Morales) 1615700028.0
Moments Ago: BLM/Antifa spray painted all along Gower street in Hollywood for Breonna Taylor https://t.co/mMkLqARb7D— Tomas Morales (@Tomas Morales) 1615697570.0
Elijah Schaffer, BlazeTV host of "Slightly Offens*ve," wrote, "Black bloc antifa member assaults a man on Hollywood blvd, pushing him to the ground Shortly before this incident antifa were breaking shop windows."
LOS ANGELES: black bloc antifa member assaults a man on Hollywood blvd, pushing him to the ground Shortly before… https://t.co/DJpJzPd7SG— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ELIJAH SCHAFFER) 1615699624.0
President Joe Biden tweeted about the Breonna Taylor death on Saturday.
"Breonna Taylor's death was a tragedy, a blow to her family, her community, and America," Biden wrote. "As we continue to mourn her, we must press ahead to pass meaningful police reform in Congress. I remain committed to signing a landmark reform bill into law."
Biden called Antifa an "idea" during the 2020 presidential debate in September.