Louisville Police Department Cancels Vacation, Days Off for Personnel in Preparation for Breonna Taylor Ruling

The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) declared a state of emergency on Monday to prepare for a forthcoming announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in the Breonna Taylor investigation.

LMPD Interim Chief of Police Robert Schroeder announced the state of emergency in a letter addressed to all LMPD personnel that was obtained by the Louisville-based television station WDRB. All vacation days and time-off requests for LMPD personnel have been suspended as part of the declaration, according to the memorandum.

The decision was made “to ensure we have the appropriate level of staffing to provide for public safety services and our policing functions,” Schroeder wrote. The state of emergency is effective immediately and will continue until further notice, his memo said.

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Tamika Palmer (center), mother of Breonna Taylor, is comforted as she looks over a memorial dedicated to her daughter on September 15, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. On Monday, the Louisville Metro Police Department said it has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.
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Cameron’s office has not yet said when a decision will be made in the case or when the ruling will be publicly announced. Newsweek reached out to Cameron’s office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

According to the Louisville-based television station WAVE, federal officers were expected to be placed around federal buildings, which the station said would be closed this week. LMPD officers were instructed to prepare for a possible decision in the case this week, WAVE reported.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.



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