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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, shown here at a press conference earlier this month, preemptively declares a state of emergency for the city “due to the potential for civil unrest.”

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, shown here at a press conference earlier this month, preemptively declares a state of emergency for the city “due to the potential for civil unrest.”

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Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, said Tuesday he has declared a state of emergency for the city “due to the potential for civil unrest.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is poised to announce whether his office will bring charges against the police officers who fatally shot 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in March during a botched narcotics raid at her home on March 13.

While the mayor reiterated that has no insight about when Cameron’s decision will be announced, he said the city must be prepared.

“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.”

This comes a week after Fischer announced the city would pay Taylor’s family $12 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit, as well as institute several police reforms.

Louisville Agrees To $12 Million Settlement With Breonna Taylor's Family

The executive order allows the mayor to “exercise any of his emergency powers,” which includes the ability to hire or contract services and enact curfews and other restrictions, according to a statement tweeted by the mayor Tuesday.

Another executive order restricts access to five parking garages in the city’s downtown area and bans street parking in some areas.

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. https://t.co/cRRrpzDSgj 1/2

— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) September 22, 2020

The goal, according to the Mayor’s statement, is to “provide an extra layer of security for protests” in and around the city’s Jefferson Square Park, the site of demonstrations this summer.

The mayor issued a curfew in late May and early June during the early days of the demonstrations in the city and the National Guard was activated, Louisville member station WFPL reported.

The mayor’s announcement comes on the heels of the Louisville Metro Police Department saying that “a decision was made to accelerate plans” to restrict access to several parts of downtown.

A federal judge ordered the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House would closed this week, also in anticipation of Cameron’s decision, according to Louisville’s Courier-Journal.

Earlier this month, Cameron, Kentucky’s first Black attorney general, said in a statement that the investigation, “if done properly, cannot follow a specific timeline.”

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