The Louisville Metro Police Department announced today it is setting up barricades in the downtown area and restricting vehicle traffic in anticipation of an announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding the investigation into Breonna Taylor‘s death
“Due to increased attention and activity in anticipation of an announcement from Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding the Breonna Taylor case, a decision was made to accelerate plans to physically restrict access to the downtown area,” the LMPD said in a statement tweeted early Tuesday. “While we do not know when the Attorney General will make his announcement, LMPD is taking the following actions now to ensure the area is as safe as possible for those coming downtown to express their First Amendment Rights, as well as those who live and work in the area.”
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has signed two executive orders.
“The first Executive Order declares a state of emergency due to the potential for civil unrest, which allows him to exercise any of his emergency powers, including those to hire or contract for services, and implementing curfews and other restrictions,” the news release states.
The second restricts access to five downtown parking garages and bans on-street parking “in order to provide an extra layer of security for protests in and around Jefferson Square Park.”
The commute downtown today will look different with many streets blocked off to vehicular traffic. I’ll have a closure look at the restrictions coming up at noon on @WDRBNews. pic.twitter.com/xvWw2egeUl— Grace Hayba (@GraceHayba) September 22, 2020
Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said at a news conference this morning that he did not have any information regarding when the attorney general will be making any announcement, but that he was taking every precaution.
“In the community we’ve all heard the rumors,” he said. “We all know something is coming. We don’t know what it is. And quite frankly, I hope, we hope that all of this is simply not needed. That it will be a peaceful situation.”
Breonna Taylor, in case you’ve been living under a rock, was a 26-year-old emergency room technician who was killed on March 13 by police serving a no-knock warrant as part of an investigation into an ex-boyfriend.
Taylor was at her apartment with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when police barged in. Walker, who said officers did not announce themselves, fired his gun, believing the police were intruders. One officer was shot in the leg and police fired in return.
No money or drugs were found in the apartment. One of three officers involved in the shooting was fired for “wantonly and blindly” firing his weapon into the home, but no charges have been filed against him or the other officers.
More on this story as it develops…