Louisville Police Declare State Of Emergency Ahead Of Breonna Taylor Decision

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Louisville’s police chief on Monday declared a state of emergency in anticipation of an announcement from Kentucky’s attorney general in the case of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman whose fatal shooting by police in the city in March fueled nationwide protests.

In a memo dated September 21, Louisville Metro Police’s interim chief Robert Schroeder announced the department will operate under emergency staffing and reporting guidelines, effectively immediately, in anticipation of the decision.

Taylor was killed on March 13 when three Louisville Metro Police officers executing a no-knock search warrant fired 20 shots into her apartment.

Half a year later, it appears Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is nearly ready to announce whether he’ll file charges against any of the officers involved.

Though Cameron has not indicated when an announcement will happen, a grand jury was empaneled to investigate Taylor’s shooting two weeks ago, according to reports that signaled Cameron’s decision would come soon after.

The Louisville Metro Police Department and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office did not immediately respond to Forbes’ requests for comment.

The three Louisville officers—Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove—said they knocked and announced themselves before entering, but Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was present, says he and Taylor did not know who was at the door. Thinking someone was breaking in, Walker fired a shot which struck Mattingly in the thigh. The three officers then sprayed bullets in return, hitting Taylor five times. Though Tay... (Read more)