The protest are not only in Louisville, but all over America are hotspots.
Protests against racial injustice continued around the nation Saturday with tense situations unfolding in cities including Austin, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Seattle, Washington, Aurora, Colorado, Oakland, California, and Chicago, Illinois.
In Louisville two opposing, heavily armed militia groups came within a few dozen yards of each of other, but avoided violence. In Seattle, the city's police declared a riot, citing "ongoing damage and public safety risks." In Austin, authorities say one person was shot to death at a downtown protest. And in Chicago, pro-police and anti-police groups yelled at each other, but parted peacefully following a “Back the Blue” protest.
The ongoing protests come as federal agents deploy to major cities in a "surge" President Donald Trump says is aimed at curbing gun violence. That involvement is sparking backlash from both protesters and local officials.
In some areas of the country, marches were held in support of police. Among them: In San Angelo, Texas, hundreds of people showed up Saturday to participate in the Back the Blue walk in a show of support for law enforcement officers.
More developments this weekend:
- In Oakland, a fire was ignited inside the Alameda County Superior Courthouse during protests late Saturday, police say.
Seattle police are reporting ongoing conflict with protesters. One officer was hospitalized "with leg injury caused by an explosive" and at least 25 people have been arrested, the city's police tweeted Saturday evening.
In Louisville, police confirmed Saturday that three members of a Black militia were struck by gunfire when someone’s gun discharged while participating in a demonstration Saturday.
A judge on Friday denied a request to restrict federal agents' actions when they arrest people during nightly protests. The order was sought last week by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum over federal agents' actions in Portland.