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On pins and needles: Businesses in Louisville wait for grand jury decision in Breonna Taylor case

Posted at 5:20 PM, Sep 22, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Downtown Louisville was mostly deserted on this Tuesday. Most of the noise you could hear came from the sounds of drills, as people worked to board up their storefronts and government buildings.

"Way out of the ordinary for us. Usually, there's hustle; there's bustle. This is dead! It’s like a ghost town," said Attorney Trevor Smith.

Smith sent most of the employees from his Social Security and Disability law firm home for the day as many seemed concerned with the potential for violence, as the city waits for a grand jury to return an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Taylor was asleep in her home in March when metro police executed a no-knock warrant and allegedly shot and killed her in the process. The shooting triggered months of nightly protests in Louisville's streets, and the fear is more will follow if a decision from the jury doesn't include any charges for the officers who were allegedly involved.

"There's so much pressure, so much heat going on right now, I would hate to be in the AG's shoes right now," Smith said of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Others, like store owner Brian Kim, want their city to return to normal.

"I want things to stay peaceful, and I don't want violence," he said. "It's sad to see our city has come to this," he added.

Sad to see blocks-worth of empty streets in one of America's 50 largest cities on a Tuesday morning.

"I love my city! I love my people," one man shouted as he walked by our crew.

Right now, the people of this city are sitting on pins and needles, and what happens here next likely hinges on a grand jury's decision.