Louisville police declare state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor decision


The Louisville Metro Police Department is currently in a state of emergency, according to an internal memo released Monday. Said by Police Chief Robert J. Schroeder, the decision comes “in anticipation” of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

The statement means departments are operating on staffing and emergency reporting, which cancels days off and vacation requests not previously approved. The emergency announcement, which does not extend to the city itself, was created to ensure that departments have the “appropriate level of staff to provide public safety services.”

Behind the memo hides a city that holds its breath. Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency technician, was shot and killed in her Louisville home when officers executed a search warrant without knocking. Taylor was shot several times and died before officers attempted to provide emergency assistance, according to Louisville Courier-Journal dispatch reports. While an officer involved in Taylor’s death was fired, the other two remain in the police force. Six months after his death on March 13, Taylor’s case stands out as a high-profile case with no resolution.

In May, the death of George Floyd and protests revived for the Black Lives Matter Movement placed the Louisville Police Department under close scrutiny. Protesters took to the streets, leading to hundreds of arrests. Daily protests have died down, but protests across the country have proven that residents have not forgotten Taylor.

Taylor’s family will receive a $ 12 million settlement from the city for their wrongful death lawsuit. Although the regulations also include police reforms, the attention of all continues to be the plight of the police officers involved. Taylor’s investigation has taken longer than other high-profile cases. In Floyd’s death, all four officers were dismissed and accused less than 10 days after his death.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Kentucky state authorities are investigating Taylor’s death, but none have announced any preliminary findings other than confirmation that they had received a ballistics report. With the Louisville Police Department under a state of emergency, it’s clear police officials expect an aggressive response. The state of emergency is active until further notice, placing the department in exactly the same place as the rest of Lousiville – on hold.

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