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Louisville police declare state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor decision

Additionally, LMPD has canceled all requested leave days for officers, effective immediately.

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On Monday (Sep. 21), the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) announced a state of emergency as they await the grand jury's decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

Wave 3 News obtained a copy of the memo LMPD Interim Chief Rob Schroeder sent to all of the department’s employees.

“To ensure we have the appropriate level of staffing to provide for public safety services and our policing functions, effective immediately the LMPD will operate under the emergency staffing and reporting guidelines as outlined in the Standard Operating Procedures, Emergency Response Plan and collective bargaining agreements until further notice,” the memo read.

Additionally, LMPD has canceled all requested leave days for officers. “Effective immediately, all off-days are hereby cancelled and vacation requests that have not already been submitted and approved are cancelled until further notice,” read the statement.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is expected to announce whether or not the grand jury will bring charges forth for the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Taylor. She was killed back in March after officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove forcefully entered her home under a “no-knock” warrant.

Once her boyfriend fired a warning shot, the officers returned fired and Taylor was hit multiple times. None of the officers involved in the shooting have been charged or arrested and only one of the officers was fired for the shooting.

Last week, REVOLT reported that Chief Judge Greg Stivers signed an order closing the Custom House and Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse from Sept. 21-25. A courthouse official told the outlet that they will be closed to the public in anticipation of the announcement.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Greg Fischer said they have not been told when the announcement from Cameron will be, but they will get an “advanced notice.” Additionally, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman asked the Federal Protective Service to provide protection for several federal buildings in downtown Louisville.

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