Louisville police department moves to emergency operations before Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

by Laura Mize · Sep 22nd, 2020 12:19 pm
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Last Updated Sep 23rd, 2020 at 1:32 am

In preparation for a possible announcement of a grand jury decision in the case of Breonna Taylor, Louisville Metro Police Department has moved to emergency operations.

The department's interim chief, Rob Schroeder, sent a memo Monday to department employees that reads:

"To ensure we have the appropriate level of staffing to provide for public safety services and our policing functions, effective immediately the LMPD will operate under the emergency staffing and reporting guidelines as outlined in the Standard Operating Procedures, Emergency Response Plan and collective bargaining agreements until further notice."

The department also has canceled all officers' requested days off and instructed its Special Response Team and other units to begin preparing for action. Federal buildings in downtown Louisville are closed for the week, and federal personnel have been called in to protect them.

Breonna Taylor, an EMT, was shot multiple times by police in her apartment in March, when police executed a no-knock warrant looking for a narcotics suspect and were fired upon by Taylor's boyfriend. Police were looking for a person Taylor knew, but who did not live at the apartment complex. They fired 25 rounds in the apartment.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has declined to specify exactly when his office will present information to the grand jury or when the jury's decision will be announced.


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