The City of Louisville restricted access to downtown areas on Tuesday morning (Sept. 22) ahead of the state attorney general’s announcement about possible charges in the Breonna Taylor case. The news arrives after city police declared a state of emergency and canceled vacation requests in preparation for the grand jury’s decision on Monday night (Sept. 21).
“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 on Tuesday in a statement.
According to the Associated Press, police have placed barricades around Jefferson Square Park, which has been a frequent site for protests. Officers are also holding a permitter around downtown and only allowing pedestrians to enter the surrounding blocks. Vehicle traffic has been restricted in the area and access to nearby parking garages has been limited.
“We recognize that this is an inconvenience and will cause difficulty for those that live, work and have business downtown and we apologize for this inconvenience. However, public safety is our number one priority and it would be irresponsible if we did not take preemptive action to preserve it,” the police department added.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is expected to announce whether or not charges will be brought against the three cops involved in Taylor’s shooting death. Findings from the months-long investigation were reportedly presented to a grand jury earlier this month. Taylor was killed back in March after officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove raided her home.
Though no criminal charges have been brought against any of the cops, Taylor’s family did receive a $12 million settlement from the city last week in their wrongful death lawsuit. The settlement also included multiple local police reforms.