Louisville Declares “State of Emergency” in Anticipation of Grand Jury Decision in Breonna Taylor Case

Louisville police officials declared a “state of emergency” this week in anticipation of a decision regarding the Breonna Taylor case, The Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

The Louisville Metro Police Department canceled all days off and vacation days this week “until further notice.”

The memo said that the order is to "ensure we have the appropriate level of staffing to provide for public safety services and our policing functions."

Decision could come this week:

The order came as Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s decision in the grand jury investigation of the shooting is expected to come this week.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT, was shot by Louisville police in March while they served a “no-knock” warrant for her ex-boyfriend.

One of the three officers who fired their guns, Brett Hankison, has been fired but is appealing the decision.

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were reassigned to administrative duties.

The LMPD has reportedly launched an internal investigation into all six officers who were on the scene.

Courthouse shut down:

The federal courthouse in Louisville was also shuttered in anticipation of the announcement.

Protests have been continuous in Louisville since May.

The LMPD is taking steps to prepare for mass protests.

"The public may also see barriers being staged around downtown, which is another part of our preparations," LMPD spokesman Lamont Washington told the Courier-Journal. "It is important to note that the AG has said there is no timetable for the announcement."


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