Louisville police cut off downtown access with barricades ahead of Breonna Taylor decision

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Louisville officials say they don’t know when a decision from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is coming in regards to the Breonna Taylor case. But the city is restricting downtown access and taking other actions Tuesday morning.

Here’s what’s happening Tuesday in Louisville:

Louisville Metro Police Department interim Chief Robert Schroeder told media members Tuesday morning that he understood closing several downtown streets frustrated many in the community, and he apologized for the inconvenience. But he defended the move as necessary as Louisville waits for an announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Schroeder, speaking downtown at 9:45 a.m., emphasized that the department still doesn’t know when the announcement from Cameron is coming and said he hopes these moves are looked back on a week from now as an overreaction. He also apologized to those who viewed LMPD’s moves as putting a lockdown in place and said that is not the department’s intent.

“We just ask that people bear with us as we go through these unprecedented time,” Schroeder said. “… We felt these steps were necessary to help protect the public.”

Courier Journal columnist Joe Gerth is among those currently in downtown Louisville. He compared the scene to the classic Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last,” where Burgess Meredith plays the last man on Earth — there is no traffic on streets that would normally be bustling with rush hour traffic, he said, and he counted just three people outside City Hall. A small number of people have gathered at Jefferson Square Park, he added, but their numbers are not currently notable.

Source: Louisville Courier Journal

Update: Six Louisville cops under internal investigation for roles in fatal Breonna Taylor search

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Six Louisville Metro Police officers are under investigation by the department’s Professional Standards Unit for their roles in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, the department confirmed Monday.

That unit, which investigates whether officers broke department policies, has initiated its probe into the case, department spokeswoman Jessie Halladay said. 

A rally organized by Until Freedom was held in front of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s Louisville office on Friday afternoon demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. 9/18/20 Marty Pearl/Special to The Courier Journal

LMPD did not say which potential policy violations it is investigating. The investigation could lead to disciplinary action against the officers ranging from a written reprimand to termination.

The review is separate from the investigation conducted by LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit, which forwarded its finding to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against any of the officers.

Until Freedom leaders Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour organized a rally for Breonna Taylor on Friday at the Louisville office of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. 9/18/20 Marty Pearl/Special to The Courier Journal

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