The Louisville Metro Police Department announces a state of emergency as it prepares for a grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case. The decision on whether the 3 officers will be charged will be released any day now. The anticipation comes after a $12 million dollar settlement was reached for her family in a wrongful death suit.
At least two federal buildings in Louisville, Ky., will be closed to the public this week amid widespread anticipation that the state will decide whether to bring criminal charges against the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting.
The downtown federal courthouse and attached offices were being boarded up Sunday ahead what could be a controversial grand jury decision.
Protesters and the attorney representing Taylor’s family have demanded that all three of the officers involved in her fatal shooting in March be charged with at least second-degree manslaughter. But legal experts tell Fox News it’s possible some of the officers will not face homicide charges.
The Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Customs House will be closed to the public Sept. 21 -25, according to an order signed Friday by Chief Judge Greg N. Stivers, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
In-court appearances scheduled during that time will be converted to video conference proceedings at the discretion of the presiding judge.
The order did not give a reason for the temporary closure but said it came at the request of the General Services Administration, which manages the buildings. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Louisville will be closed Sept. 21-25 “due to a court order,” according to the agency’s website.
An unnamed courthouse official told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the buildings would be closed this week in anticipation of a major announcement, but did not elaborate.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is expected to present his findings on the investigation into Taylor's killing to a grand jury and will subsequently make an announcement on whether the officers will be criminally implicated.
"While we await a decision from Attorney General Daniel Cameron on whether or not charges will be filed in this case, my administration is not waiting to move ahead with needed reforms to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again," Fischer said. "Her death has ignited a movement in Louisville, in the nation, for racial justice, sending thousands into our streets and cities all across the country and the world. … All crying out for justice for Breonna."
Taylor was shot five times when officers went to her home with a search warrant as part of a drug investigation on March 13. Police used a no-knock search warrant to break down the door and were met with gunfire from Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Mattingly was shot in the leg, and officers returned gunfire. No drugs were found in the home, and Taylor was unarmed.
Source: Fox News