Louisville police issued restrictions in the downtown area ahead of a looming grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case, as the department confirmed six cops were under internal investigation for their involvement in the fatal March shooting.
The Louisville Metro Police Department tweeted early Tuesday that it would be limiting vehicle access, traffic and parking in certain parts of downtown, while setting up barricades.
The moves were made “due to increased attention and activity” in anticipation of a decision on whether the cops accused in Taylor’s death will face criminal charges.
“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 police wrote.
LMPD (Louisville police) declare State of Emergency in preparation for Grand Jury announcement on Breonna Taylor.— Cal Perry (@CalNBC) September 21, 2020
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“We recognized that this is an inconvenience, and will cause difficulty for those that live, work and have business downtown, and we apologize for this inconvenience,” the department added. “However, public safety is our number one priority, and it would be irresponsible if we did not take preemptive action to preserve it.”
Meanwhile, the department said Monday that six officers were being probed by its Professional Standards Unit to see whether any broke department policies, the Courier-Journal reported.
That investigation is separate from the one conducted by the LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit, which handed over its findings to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is presenting the case to a grand jury to see if criminal charges are warranted.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot and killed March 13 by cops, who were executing a “no-knock” warrant at her apartment, believing that drugs were stashed inside. None were found.