Downtown Louisville Barricaded Ahead of Breonna Taylor Court Decision

Areas in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, were barricaded from traffic in anticipation of an upcoming decision in the Breonna Taylor case. The interim Chief of Police, Robert Schroeder, issued a statement saying he was uncertain when Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron would announce conclusive details regarding the investigation into Taylor’s death. Schroeder said the police department is doing its best to prepare for the unknown in order to protect public safety and local businesses from potential protests and civil unrest.

A grand jury in Louisville has been impaneled in the case of 26-year-old Taylor, who worked as an emergency room technician and aspired to become a nurse. On March 13, 2020, Taylor was shot and killed by police after, acting under a warranted “no knock” procedure, entered her apartment while conducting a narcotics investigation.

None of the three officers involved have been charged in the fatal shooting and two remain on the force, while a third is petitioning to be reinstated to duty.

In a lawsuit brought by the Taylor family, the city of Louisville will pay an historic $12 million settlement and has agreed to implement reforms in departmental procedures of the city’s police force.