Fatal shooting at rally as four charged after statue attack near White House

Top News | AP, AFP 29 Jun 2020

Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a park in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, where demonstrators had gathered to protest the death of Breonna Taylor.

Soon after police were told of a shooting victim across the street at the Hall of Justice. That person was sent to hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The park has been the center for protests in the city after the police killings of Taylor and George Floyd. The latest shooting was the second during nearly a month of protests in Louisville over Taylor's death.

Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, was killed in her Louisville home in March by police who were serving a no-knock warrant. Protesters have been calling for the officers involved in her death to be charged. One of the officers was recently fired.

Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend, was originally charged with attempted murder after he fired a shot at one of the officers who came into the home. Walker has said he thought he was defending from an intruder.

Meanwhile, four men have been charged with attempting to remove a statue of former US president Andrew Jackson from outside the White House as part of anti-racism protests.

President Donald Trump, who is trying to position himself as a standard-bearer for law and order with less than five months to go before November's presidential election, tweeted calls by police to identify more than a dozen other demonstrators who took part in the action.

A group of protesters attacked the statue of Jackson - a slave-owner who was president from 1829 to 1837 - which stands in Lafayette Park next to the White House.

Princeton University, meanwhile, it is removing the name of former US president Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school and a residential college, calling him a racist.

Wilson served two terms as US president, from 1913 to 1921.

He was the founding father of the League of Nations, a forerunner of the United Nations, and embodied the end of American isolationism.

But the 28th US president also supported racist policies, notably allowing segregation in federal agencies even after they had been racially integrated for decades.

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