Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency Tuesday, on the heels of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) doing the same the previous night “in anticipation” of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the city is restricting downtown access, seemingly in anticipation of potential rioting sparked by the decision in the Taylor case.
“Again, we do not know when the announcement will come, but we must prepare for it,” Mayor Fischer said, according to the Associated Press. “Our goal is ensuring space and opportunity for potential protesters to gather and express their First Amendment rights after the announcement. At the same time, we are preparing for any eventuality to keep everyone safe.”