PHOTOS: Black Lives Matter Demonstrators Take to Charlotte Streets for Breonna Taylor

An activist waves a Black Lives Matter flag as protesters march out of First Ward Park in Charlotte in response to the Breonna Taylor case. (Image for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)

By Billy Ball, Grant Baldwin

September 24, 2020

Charlotte was one of numerous American cities filled with protests Wednesday night after a grand jury announced police would not be charged in Breonna Taylor’s killing.

Wednesday night was a tense night in America, again.

Protests convened across the US following news that Kentucky police officers would not be charged for the March shooting death of Breonna Taylor. North Carolina was no exception.

As multiple outlets have reported, one such protest began Wednesday evening in Charlotte. Demonstrators marched through the city’s First Ward near downtown before filing into the city’s center near Tryon and East Trade streets. 

As the vast majority of racial injustice protests have been, it was a peaceful demonstration. Police reported no arrests or injuries. 

The protest began after a Kentucky grand jury’s announcement Wednesday in the Taylor case. Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was killed in March after police served a no-knock warrant on her home. Police said Taylor’s boyfriend fired a gun at police, one of which was hit. Police fired multiple shots in return, killing her. Taylor’s boyfriend has said he was firing in self-defense. 

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Along with George Floyd, Taylor’s name has been a common refrain at racial injustice protests this year in North Carolina and across the country. 

Scroll below for photos of the Charlotte demonstration. And look for additional coverage of the racial injustice movement at Cardinal & Pine.   

Protesters march out of First Ward Park and into uptown Charlotte in response to the Breonna Taylor announcement Wednesday. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)
Protesters march out of First Ward Park and into uptown Charlotte in response to the Breonna Taylor announcement Wednesday. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)
Protesters march out of First Ward Park and into uptown Charlotte in response to the Breonna Taylor announcement Wednesday. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)
Protesters march out of First Ward Park and into uptown Charlotte in response to the Breonna Taylor announcement Wednesday. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)
Kass Ottley, leader of Seeking Justice CLT, leads chants during a march through uptown Charlotte in response to the Breonna Taylor case Wednesday. (Image for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)
Protesters stop vehicles during their march in response to the Breonna Taylor case Wednesday. (Image for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)
Mario Black, Founder of Million Youth March Of Charlotte, leads chants during a march through uptown Charlotte in response to the Breonna Taylor case Wednesday. (Image for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)

Authors

  • Billy Ball

    Billy Ball is Cardinal & Pine's senior community editor. He’s covered local, state and national politics, government, education, criminal justice, the environment and immigration in North Carolina for almost two decades, winning state, regional and national awards for his reporting and commentary.

  • Grant Baldwin
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