Police cut off access to downtown Louisville ahead of Breonna Taylor decision
(USA Today) - Somebody let the brothers and sisters in Louisville know this is a setup. They are baiting Blacks in order to release paramilitary forces against the Black community, including white supremacist.
Police are restricting access in the downtown Louisville area on Tuesday in anticipation of an announcement on the Breonna Taylor case by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
Meanwhile, the police department canceled all days off and pending vacation requests. The state of emergency cancellations are "until further notice," LMPD said in a Monday statement.According to an internal memo, the order is to "ensure we have the appropriate level of staffing to provide for public safety services and our policing functions."
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot by Louisville police in March.
Since late May, protests, demonstrations and marches have filled Louisville. Among the calls for reform is the demand that the officers involved in her death be arrested and criminally charged. Those officers are Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Detective Myles Cosgrove and ex-Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in a decision he is contesting.
A decision in the case could come as soon as this week. The downtown federal courthouse will be closed in anticipation of an announcement.
Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday evening that he could not comment on his discussions with Cameron about a decision timeline.
The police department said early Tuesday that the barricades downtown are in order to keep the area safe for "those coming downtown to express their First Amendment Rights, as well as those who live and work in the area."
Police are putting up vehicle barricades around Jefferson Square Park (the site of ongoing protests) and across the downtown perimeter and will restrict access even further near the park, with only pedestrian access allowed.
Officers are also restricting access to more than 25 blocks downtown, allowing in only those who live or work in the area. Parking and access to garages inside the perimeter will also be limited, according to the department, which asked anyone currently parked in the area to move their car as soon as possible.
The department apologized for the "inconveience" to those who live and work downtown, and stressed in a statement that LMPD officials do not know when Cameron's decision will be announced.
"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," Fischer said in a Tweet early Tuesday.