UPDATE: Businesses boarding up, Mayor provides update, Beshear has not signed Guard order yet
UPDATE 5:15 P.M. TUESDAY
Louisville mayor urges people to not spread mis-information. Watch his full update here.
UPDATE POSTED 4 P.M. TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS/WTVQ) – Businesses in areas of downtown Louisville have begun boarding up windows in anticipation of potential violence when the Breonna Taylor Grand Jury decision is announced, which is expected sometime this week.
However, Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily briefing Tuesday he has not signed any order yet authorizing the Kentucky National Guard or Kentucky State Police to assist in Louisville although he has said he will when asked to do so.
He also said he has not been told when the Grand Jury decision will be announced and noted he won’t say when he does get notification.
UPDATE: (9/22/20 10:30 A.M.) – Interim Chief of Police Robert Schroeder spoke to reporters Tuesday morning about Louisville Metro Police Department’s latest decision regarding actions it was taking, ahead of a possible announcement into the Breonna Taylor investigation.
“We are merely taking steps we feel are necessary to protect the public, the businesses and the property in the downtown area in advance of any decision,” explained Schroeder. “I do understand that the actions we took this morning may have caused frustration and inconvenience for many in our community. We also understand we were not able to give out the notice we would normally like.”
Schroeder said LMPD’s actions should not considered a lockdown.
Following Schroeder’s announcement Monday issuing a state of emergency for the police department, he said Tuesday, “and allows us to take the steps that we need to take to ensure we have adequate staffing for whatever situation we may encounter may be.”
The LMPD state of emergency is is separate from an emergency order issued by Mayor Fischer.
Schroeder said LMPD’s limiting of access was in response, in part, to rumors swirling around about possible action that would be taken.
Schroeder also said they’ve had several meetings with protesters to get to “common understanding.”
While Schroeder said LMPD hasn’t designated a specific area for protesters, many have gathered in the area around Jefferson Square. Schroder said, “people can still freely access that on foot.”
You can watch the full news conference HERE:
UPDATE, POSTED 7 A.M. TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Louisville Metro Police Department has made the decision to “accelerate” its plans to limit access to downtown Louisville ahead of a possible announcement from Attorney General Daniel Cameron this week.
The social media post reads in part: “Due to increased attention and activity in anticipation of an announcement from Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding the Breonna Taylor case, a decision was made to accelerate plans to physically restrict access to the downtown area. While we do not know when the Attorney General will make his announcement, LMPD is taking the following actions now to ensure the area is as safe as possible for those coming downtown to express their First Amendment Rights, as well as those who live and work in the area.
According to the post LMPD will:
UPDATE, POSTED 4 P.M. MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ/WHAS) – The Louisville Police Department is cancelling all off-day and vacation requests until further notice in preparation for Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s announcement in the Breonna Taylor case, Doug Proffitt of WHAS11, WTVQ’s fellow affiliate in Louisville, is reporting.
That announcement likely will come this week ad local, state and federal officials are making preparations in case violence erupts in response to the verdict.
Barriers also being staged around downtown, another part of preparations, police said.
After saying last week he had asked Cameron for two-day notice on when the announcement would be made so plans could be discussed, Gov. Andy Beshear hedged when asked about it during his daily briefing Monday.
“I am not in a position to share information on that topic today,” Beshear said.
When asked later about the National Guard or Kentucky State Police assisting Louisville Metro Police, Beshear would’t get into specifics.
“The National Guard and Kentucky State Police will provide limited missions under their own command,” Beshear said, stressing the word “limited.”
“They will be authorized if needed….limited and specific in support of Louisville Police or to protect critical infrastructure,” the governor added.
And finally, Beshear said: “Hopefully if we have protests, unrest, it will be peaceful…not cause some of the damage we saw earlier,” he said, referring to incidents earlier this summer that resulted in business damages, looting, and shootings, including the death of business owner David McAtee, who was shot by National Guardsmen after firing shots himself.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 4 P.M. SEPT. 18, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Concern over what kind of community reaction might happen, regardless of the decision on charges against Louisville Police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor, continues to grow in Louisville.
Gov. Andy Beshear said this week he’s asked state Attorney General Daniel Cameron for two days notice of when a Grand Jury decision might be released so security strategies could be studied to prepare for potential civil unrest ad violence like which has occurred in Wisconsin, Oregon and other states.
Now, Louisville ‘s downtown’s federal courthouse will be closed next week in anticipation of a potential decision in the investigation of Breonna Taylor’s shooting death by Louisville police, the Courier Journal reported Friday.
Chief Judge Greg Stivers signed an order Friday morning closing the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House Sept. 21-25, the newspaper wrote.
That decision may mean Cameron will make public next week whether Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, officer Myles Cosgrove and former officer Brett Hankison will be charged with homicide or other offenses in Taylor’s death.
Earlier this week, the city announced it had reached a $12 million settlement with the Taylor family ad agreed to significant police reforms as part of the deal. At the time, the family said it is continuing its push for criminal action.
According to the newspaper report, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman has asked the Federal Protective Service, provide protection for four federal buildings downtown, because of concerns over possible violence related to the Grand Jury’s decision, regardless of how it turns out.