National Guard Activated In Louisville Ahead Of Grand Jury Report On Breonna Taylor Shooting

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Marlo Safi Culture Reporter
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The National Guard was activated in Louisville, Kentucky, ahead of a Wednesday grand jury report on the Breonna Taylor police shooting, numerous sources reported.

The Louisville Metro Police Department will be joined by state, local and federal partners, including the National Guard “out of an abundance of caution,” interim police chief Robert Schroeder said according to Courier Journal reporter Lucas Aulbach. The decision of whether to charge the officers involved in the shooting is expected to be delivered at 1:30 p.m. EST.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also set a countywide 72-hour curfew from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. beginning Wednesday night. The Louisville Metro Police Department declared a state of emergency beginning Monday, which included vacation and day-off requests for officers being cancelled, and requiring officers to work 12-hour shifts. (RELATED: Louisville Police Department Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Grand Jury Decision Regarding Breonna Taylor)

Federal buildings in the city were also boarded up.

Officers were executing a no-knock warrant in March when they entered an apartment and said they were fired upon by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. The warrant allowed police to look for drugs regarding an investigation into Taylor’s ex-boyfriend. Police responded by firing their weapons, killing Taylor, who was 26 years old.

Former Sgt. Brett Hankison, who shot 10 rounds into the apartment, was fired and Officers Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly are on administrative leave.