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22 sept. 2020 | 11h26 UTC

US: State of emergency declared in Louisville (Kentucky) ahead of court announcement September 21 /update 2

United States of America Alerte de sécurité

Police declare state of emergency in Louisville (Kentucky) on September 21 ahead of Breonna Taylor case announcement; avoid protests

TIMEFRAME expected from 22/9/2020, 12h00 until 28/9/2020, 11h59 (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION Louisville, Kentucky

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Event

Police declared a state of emergency in Louisville (Kentucky) on Monday, September 21, ahead of an announcement by the Kentucky Attorney General on the police-involved death of Breonna Taylor. Reports suggest that barriers may be erected in the downtown area of the city and that the federal courthouse has been closed and boarded up ahead of potential unrest.

The Attorney General is expected to make their announcement in the coming days which could lead to protests, with associated disruptions to transportation and potential clashes between protesters and police.

Context

The death of a 26-year old Black woman, Breonna Taylor, during a police operation in March provoked unrest in Louisville. Protesters have called for police accountability and the arrest of the officers involved. The protests are also linked to wider unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd whilst he was being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired and detained, and one has since been charged with second-degree murder. Demonstrations have occurred in several cities across the US, with solidarity protests taking place throughout the world.

Advice

Those in Louisville are advised to monitor developments, avoid protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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