The Louisville Police Department declared on Tuesday a state of emergency and heavy traffic restrictions ahead of an important announcement in Breonna Taylor’s case.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is expected to present his investigation findings before a grand jury in order to decide whether to criminally prosecute three officers accused in the case.
“Due to increased attention and activity in anticipation of an announcement from Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding the Breonna Taylor case, a decision was made to accelerate plans to physically restrict access to the downtown area,” police said.
“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.”
Vehicle barricades will be placed around Jefferson Square Park where demonstrators gather in front of the courthouse and access to the downtown area should be requested from officers who will be stationed in the blocked-off streets.
“Our goal with these steps is ensuring space and opportunity for potential protesters to gather and express their First Amendment rights, & to prepare for any eventuality to keep everyone safe,” Mayor Greg Fischer said on Twitter.