CNA Staff, Sep 24, 2020 / 15:07 pm
The Archbishop of Louisville said Thursday he is praying for two police officers who were shot Wednesday night, and he urged peace and non-violence in a city that has seen escalating protests after a grand jury decision in the case of Breonna Taylor.
“My prayers are with the two LMPD officers – Major Aubrey Gregory and Officer Robinson Desroches – who were shot last evening. I am glad to hear that Chief Schroeder indicated that both will recover. As I pray for these two men and their families, I thank all first responders who are working so hard to keep our community safe,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz told CNA by email Thursday.
“As our community deals with the challenges of the sin of racism and affirms the first amendment rights of those who protest, I again join with people of faith and good will to plead for peace and the rejection of violence,” Kurtz added.
Gregory and Desroches were shot Wednesday night as they and other police officers responded to protests that escalated, in some places, into violence in Louisville. Police arrested 127 people in incidents related to the protests, and police were fired upon while responding to a “shots fired” call Wednesday evening.