Louisville, Ky. in state of emergency ahead of grand jury's decision in Breonna Taylor case

Updated: September 21, 2020 11:26 PM
Created: September 21, 2020 08:58 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NBCNC) — Preparations are underway in Louisville, Kentucky to protect property in the city ahead of a grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case. 

Taylor was killed during a police raid six months ago. 


As the countdown continues toward possible indictments against the officers involved in her death, public buildings and businesses appear to be preparing for the worst.

On Monday, new fencing was erected in some places and concrete barriers were staged behind city hall, ready to deploy on downtown streets. 

Additionally, the chief of police declared a state of emergency for the Louisville Metro Police Department and canceled all off-day and vacation requests until further notice. 

Protest leaders who demanded changes after Taylor's death, like Timothy Findley Jr. of the Justice and Freedom Coalition, view the preparations as an attempt to antagonize them.

"I do think there will be a visceral reaction,” Findley said. “I do think there will be palpable frustration, but I do not believe that what the city is doing in terms of the boarded-up businesses - I think that that is excessive and it really fits the playbook for how the city has operated up to this point."

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