The Louisville Metro Police Department has released more information about its preparations for downtown — including parking restrictions — in advance of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor investigation.A spokesperson for the LMPD said early Tuesday that police department was “accelerating plans” to restrict access to the downtown area. Very little notice was given.Sources have said an announcement in the investigation by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is imminent, likely happening this week. LMPD reaffirmed Tuesday morning that it has no information about when that announcement will happen, but was told they’d get notice. The traffic restrictions downtown include vehicle barricades around Jefferson Square Park, where daily protests have organized. Officials said the barricades won’t block people from protesting, but rather will ensure their safety.Other restrictions include: Vehicle traffic in the downtown area between Market Street south to Broadway and from 2nd Street to Roy Wilkins. Police officers will work with residents and business owners in the area to allow necessary access.Limiting surface parking on streets from Market Street to Broadway and 2nd Street to Roy Wilkins. Anyone who already has vehicles parked in the area should take measures to immediately remove them.Limiting access to parking garages in the downtown area.”We recognized that this is an inconvenience, and will cause difficulty for those that live, work and have business downtown, and we apologize for this inconvenience. However, public safety is our number one priority and it would be irresponsible if we did not take preemptive action to preserve it,” the LMPD said in a statement.”This is not intended to be a lockdown,” Interim Chief Rob Schroeder said.If you must get into downtown, LMPD says you can get into into downtown at 2nd and Jefferson, 9th and Chestnut, 8th and Market, 7th and Broadway; you can get out of downtown at 9th and Jefferson, 2nd and Chestnut, 3rd and Market, 4th and Broadway.TARC has also set up detours in effect until further notice: All stops for routes (including TARC3) traveling between Broadway & River Road, and between 1st & 9th streets in the downtown Louisville area will be closed. Routes will otherwise operate normal schedules.The downtown preparations come after the police department announced it had canceled all off-day and vacation requests for personnel until further notice. All of the plans come as part of the LMPD’s “state of emergency” preparations for an announcement in the case.Cameron, who has declined to give a timeline or date for when the investigation will be completed, has been reviewing the case for months. His office will determine if the officers involved in the Taylor shooting will face charges.

The Louisville Metro Police Department has released more information about its preparations for downtown — including parking restrictions — in advance of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor investigation.

A spokesperson for the LMPD said early Tuesday that police department was “accelerating plans” to restrict access to the downtown area. Very little notice was given.

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Sources have said an announcement in the investigation by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is imminent, likely happening this week. LMPD reaffirmed Tuesday morning that it has no information about when that announcement will happen, but was told they’d get notice.

The traffic restrictions downtown include vehicle barricades around Jefferson Square Park, where daily protests have organized. Officials said the barricades won’t block people from protesting, but rather will ensure their safety.

Other restrictions include:

  • Vehicle traffic in the downtown area between Market Street south to Broadway and from 2nd Street to Roy Wilkins. Police officers will work with residents and business owners in the area to allow necessary access.
  • Limiting surface parking on streets from Market Street to Broadway and 2nd Street to Roy Wilkins. Anyone who already has vehicles parked in the area should take measures to immediately remove them.
  • Limiting access to parking garages in the downtown area.

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“We recognized that this is an inconvenience, and will cause difficulty for those that live, work and have business downtown, and we apologize for this inconvenience. However, public safety is our number one priority and it would be irresponsible if we did not take preemptive action to preserve it,” the LMPD said in a statement.

“This is not intended to be a lockdown,” Interim Chief Rob Schroeder said.

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If you must get into downtown, LMPD says you can get into into downtown at 2nd and Jefferson, 9th and Chestnut, 8th and Market, 7th and Broadway; you can get out of downtown at 9th and Jefferson, 2nd and Chestnut, 3rd and Market, 4th and Broadway.

TARC has also set up detours in effect until further notice: All stops for routes (including TARC3) traveling between Broadway & River Road, and between 1st & 9th streets in the downtown Louisville area will be closed. Routes will otherwise operate normal schedules.

The downtown preparations come after the police department announced it had canceled all off-day and vacation requests for personnel until further notice. All of the plans come as part of the LMPD’s “state of emergency” preparations for an announcement in the case.

Cameron, who has declined to give a timeline or date for when the investigation will be completed, has been reviewing the case for months. His office will determine if the officers involved in the Taylor shooting will face charges.

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