(RepublicanInformer.com)- The Louisville Metro Police Department declared a state of emergency in preparation for the results of the Breonna Taylor case on Monday. An internal memo reveals how local police officials believe that riots could be on the cards, based on how far-left Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists have behaved in similar circumstances across the country in recent months.
NBC News correspondent Cal Perry published a copy of the memorandum and said that while there is no word on when the Grand Jury announcement on the Breonna Taylor case will be made, most expect it to happen this week.
LMPD (Louisville police) declare State of Emergency in preparation for Grand Jury announcement on Breonna Taylor.
Still no word on when – most expect this week. pic.twitter.com/I5Kads0n4l
— Cal Perry (@CalNBC) September 21, 2020
“In anticipation of Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s announcement in the Breonna Taylor case, I am declaring a state of emergency for the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD),” the memo from Robert J. Schroder, Chief of Police, reads.
Schroder says that the decision was made to ensure they have the appropriate level of staffing to ensure public safety and the proper function of the police. He described how, effective immediately, the police department would “Operate under the emergency staffing and reporting guidelines as outlined in the Standard Operating Procedures, Emergency Response Plan, and collective bargaining agreements until further notice.”
The Breonna Taylor case is hugely divisive and if police officers aren’t sent down or sentenced heavily enough, Black Lives Matter is likely to riot. The case involved 26-year-old Breonna Taylor being killed by a gunshot from plainclothes police officers in Louisville, Kentucky. One officer was fired while the other two remain in the police force, but the case might not be as cut and dry as BLM likes to suggest.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly described how officers knocked before raiding the home, despite having a no-knock warrant, and that they only discharged their weapons after gunshots were fired at them from within the home.
“Our intent was to give her plenty of time to come to the door because they said she was probably there alone,” he said.
If the case goes ahead fairly, and the court does not conclude that this was some kind of racist incident, then Louisville may need to brace for days, weeks, or months of violence – just like we’ve seen in Portland.
That is, unless, state leaders are willing to request support from the National Guard if necessary.