ALERT: Truckers Advised to Avoid Louisville as Civil Unrest Begins Over Breonna Taylor Case

Louisville, KY – The city of Louisville is bracing for civil unrest after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced criminal charges in the highly publicized Breonna Taylor case.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Cameron revealed a grand jury has indicted one of three officers in the police-involved shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2020.




 

Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Brett Hankison has been charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for discharging his firearm with reckless disregard for human life endangering three people in an apartment next to Taylor’s.

Each count is a Class D felony, punishable with fines of up to $10,000 and up to five years in prison.

It was believed the officers were executing a no knock warrant for a man involved in a drug ring who was suspected to be receiving packages of narcotics at Taylor’s apartment.

“Evidence shows that officers both knocked and announced their presence at the apartment,” A.G. Cameron said on Wednesday in announcing the charges. “The officers statements about their announcement are corroborated by an independent witness who was near in proximity to apartment four. In other words, the warrant was not served as a no knock warrant.”




 

However, none of the indictments in the case are directly related to Taylor’s death which has sparked outrage by those hoping more serious charges would be brought against Hankison and the other two officers.

“I know that not everyone will be satisfied. Our job is to present the facts to the grand jury, and the grand jury then applies the facts,” Cameron said. “If we simply act on outrage, there is no justice — mob justice is not justice. Justice sought by violence is not justice. It just becomes revenge.”

Following Cameron’s announcement, protesters began filling the streets.

The mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, in anticipation of possible rioting, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

 

Officials shut down and blocked numerous roadways in and around the downtown area and instituted a 9 p.m. curfew.

Additionally, the National Guard has been mobilized to quell any potential violence or looting.

“Our goal is ensuring space and opportunity for potential protesters to gather and express their First Amendment rights after the announcement,” Fischer said in a statement. “At the same time, we are preparing for any eventuality to keep everyone safe.”

Many businesses are boarded up throughout downtown in anticipation of violence, as business owners attempt to protect their livelihoods.

In fact, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has learned Louisville-based Mercer Transportation has shut down its campus this week in preparation for possible societal upheaval.




 

You may recall in June, the Louisville chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM) shut down the Clark Memorial Bridge for several hours resulting in the arrests of 43 people.

The BLM protesters also displayed a banner in memory of Breonna Taylor which read, “They tried to bury me. They didn’t know I was a seed. Breonna Taylor. The revolution is now.”

Truckers are advised to avoid the Louisville area if at all possible.

Today’s announcement could also spark riots in other major U.S. cities like we saw in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.

TNN will continue to monitor conditions closely.

 


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