THE BRAVE Louisville cop who was shot in the Breonna Taylor protests returned to work just hours after being released from hospital.
Aubrey Gregory was welcomed with a round of applause from his colleagues as he arrived for roll call on Thursday morning.
Gregory was leading the response to riots in Louisville, Kentucky, following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officers on murder charges over the death of Breonna Taylor.
Clashes between protestors and cops erupted in the city following the decision which led to the shooting of Gregory and another Louisville cop.
Officer Robinson Desroches was shot in the abdomen and remains in hospital following surgery.
Larynzo Johnson, the 26-year-old who shot both officers, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and 14 counts of wanton endangerment.
Taking to Twitter, President Trump said that he had spoken with Kentucky’s Democrat governor, Andy Beshear, who requested that the National Guard be sent in.
“Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky,” Trump wrote.
“The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. Spoke to Andy Beshear and we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!”
According to local media, Gregory has been an officer with Louisville Metro Police Department since 1999.
He had previously been a commander on the city’s Fifth Division and has worked for Louisville’s SWAT team and bomb squad.
A total of 127 protestors were arrested during the clashes in Louisville on Wednesday night.
In the second night in a row, clashes between protestors and police rocked the city again last night.
It comes as a high-profile Democratic politician and activist behind “Breonna’s Law” was arrested for rioting in Louisville on Thursday night.
Representative Attica Scott was charged with first-degree rioting, failure to disperse, and unlawful assembly after being rounded up into a riot van.
Scott’s daughter along with activist Shameka Parrish-Wright were also arrested that night.
Ted Shouse, Parrish-Wright’s lawyer said: “The allegations are outrageous”.
Footage showed one of Scott’s fellow handcuffed protesters shouted “Put up your fists for State Representative Attica Scott” as she stuck her head out from the back of the van.
Fellow demonstrators yelled back “we love you” toward the van, that was surrounded by cops.
Scott has sponsored “Breonna’s Law”, which is legislation that will regulate how search warrants are carried out and will mandate the use of body cameras during searches.
Large protests were also seen in cities including New York, Denver, Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.
When asked about the charges announced on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said: “My message is I love the black community.
“I’ve done more for the black community than any other president and I say, with a possible exception of Abraham Lincoln … nobody’s done more.
“Abraham Lincoln, let’s give him the nod, but beyond that nobody’s done more.”
Abraham Lincoln’s time as president is best remembered for the abolition of slavery in the US.
Trump added that he didn’t “know enough about it” but said he “heard a decision was just made” and will soon have a comment on the charges.
Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American woman, was fatally shot as officers from Louisville police executed a search warrant on her home in March this year.
The officers, backed by an independent witness, say they knocked and identified themselves before forcing entry.
After the officers entered the house, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a gun, later saying he thought they were intruders.
Taylor was shot five times in the subsequent exchange and later died.