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Louisville police restricting access to downtown in preparation for announcement in Breonna Taylor case

Posted at 7:48 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 12:51:35-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Louisville Metro Police Department said Tuesday it will be restricting access to downtown in preparation for an announcement by Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding the Breonna Taylor case.

Louisville Metro Police Department interim Chief Robert Schroeder said the steps taken in downtown Louisville, like limiting vehicle access and setting up barricades, are to protect the public while also allowing for demonstrations in response to whether charges will be brought against the LMPD officers involved with Taylor’s shooting death back in March.

“I understand that this has caused inconvenience for many of the public and we just ask that people bear with us as we go through these unprecedented times, the many unknowns, both unknowns to the police and to the public on what will transpire,” Schroeder said.

In a press conference Tuesday morning, Chief Schroeder said the department does not know any details about Cameron's expected announcement about the decision.

“We have certainly been in contact with the attorney general's office and we hope to have some advanced notice, but as we all know in the reality of dealing with day-to-day situations, sometimes your plans go awry, so we have to plan ahead of time," Schroeder said. "To have that notice, we simply don't know."

The department says whatever the outcome, they hope things remain peaceful and they won't have to use the prepared measures.

Protesters have been calling for charges to be filed against the officers involved in Taylor's shooting death since she was killed while a no-knock search warrant was served at her home on March 13.

On Monday, LMPD declared a state of emergency in preparation for the attorney general's announcement, canceling all off days and vacation requests for officers until further notice