Louisville Police Declare State of Emergency Ahead of Breonna Taylor Decision
Breonna Taylor was just 26 and an emergency room technician with dreams of becoming a nurse. Instead of being able to pursue that dream, she was fatally shot after police broke down the door to her apartment while executing a late-night “no-knock” warrant in a narcotics investigation on March 13. Taylor’s death has led to widespread protests as part of the Black Lives Matter movement and calls for justice for Taylor and other Black victims of police violence.
The Louisville Police Department released a statement on Monday afternoon declaring a state of emergency ahead of a major decision regarding Breonna Taylor, who was killed in her home by three police officers who wrongly believed she was involved in a drug deal. None of the officers involved in her death have been arrested or charged. Two remain on the force, while a third officer was fired and is appealing to get his job back.
Earlier on Monday, LMPD had canceled all requested off days for officers effective immediately. The decision came after talks among department leaders about their expectations for a possible announcement in the Taylor case being made “soon.”
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The announcement comes as a grand jury has been empaneled in Louisville, and sources have told CNN that it will at some point take up Taylor’s case. The closures indicate a decision that will be unpopular with the public may be announced soon.
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