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Protesters March In Dallas, Fort Worth In Response To Louisville Police Not Charged For Killing Breonna Taylor

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A few dozen protesters gathered outside Dallas Poilce Headquarters before the sun went down Wednesday night.

This, after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong in March.

Prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire.

The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor's that had people in it.

Dallas Police said they've been prepared for protests this week in anticipation of an announcement in the Louisville case.

"Our goal tonight is to be present but not visible unless we have to be visible," said a Dallas Police spokesperson.

There were no reports of violence or destruction as of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, but emotions were high throughout the night.

A Dallas Police spokesperson told CBS 11, "Everything has been peaceful thus far with no arrests."

Dajai Monae of the Next Generation Action Network said early in the evening outside Dallas Police Headquarters to a gathering of several dozen protesters, "I'm afraid to go to sleep at night because I don't know if I'll be shot in my sleep. I'm scared when I'm driving to be pulled over by a police officer because I don't know if they're going to kill me due to a traffic stop. I'm really super, super emotional about it."

CBS 11's Andrea Lucia said while the crowd is growing, it is smaller than the protests regarding George Floyd's death in Minneapolis Police custody.

Breonna Taylor march in Dallas
Breonna Taylor march in Dallas (Chopper 11)

A separate protest taking place at Dallas City Hall began marching around 8:00 p.m.

The two protests, one called, "We Take The Streets" and the other, "Not My Son," were set to merge at some point.

Around 9:00 p.m., protesters entered Dallas City Hall's underground parking garage.

They left and when they came back, police blocked it.

Another group of protesters chanted outside City Hall.

There was also a protest in downtown Fort Worth that began at the courthouse.

Approximately 50 marched with signs, chanting, "Say her name! Breonna Taylor!"

Breonna Taylor march in Fort Worth
Breonna Taylor march in Fort Worth (Caroline Vandergriff - CBS 11)

The march wrapped up around 9:30 p.m. and participants left.

There was no violence and no arrests in Fort Worth.

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