Louisville Police Chief Declares State Of Emergency In Anticipation Of Breonna Taylor Case Ruling

In anticipation of a ruling in the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) has ordered a state of emergency ahead of the announcement, according to Fox News.

Police in Louisville, Kentucky, are starting to restrict access to the downtown area in preparation for the state attorney general’s announcement about whether he will charge officers in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death.

Police have said they would place barricades around Jefferson Square Park, where there have been many protests, and also the perimeter of the downtown area. They will allow only pedestrians in the blocks immediately surrounding Jefferson Square Park, restrict vehicle traffic in other areas of downtown, and limit access to parking garages.

“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,” the Louisville Metro Police Department said Tuesday in a statement.

The Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer also posted this to his Twitter account.

Also effective immediately, the police department also canceled all off days and all vacation requests not already approved and submitted until further notice, according to a separate memo issued by LMPD Sgt. Lamont Washington to all personnel.

Earlier today, the LMPD issued this Tweet.

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