Louisville Braces for Protests and Unrest Ahead of Attorney General’s Decision on Breonna Taylor Investigation

A memorial for Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 10, 2020. (Bryan Woolston / Reuters file)

The U.S. district courthouse in Louisville, Kentucky, and at least one other federal building are closing for the week starting Monday as the city waits for a possible announcement by the state attorney general on the Breonna Taylor investigation.

Federal officials have not announced why the courthouse and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office are closing. But the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that a courthouse official said that building is closing in anticipation of an announcement.

The federal courthouse is not far from a downtown park that has been a base for protests over Taylor’s death, according to NBC affiliate WAVE in Louisville.

An order signed Friday by Chief Judge Greg Stivers said the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse & Custom House will be closed to the public from Sept. 21 to 25, at the request of the federal General Services Administration, which manages the building.

“All matters scheduled for in-court appearances during this time period shall be continued or converted to videoconference proceedings, at the discretion of the presiding judge,” the order reads.

The city’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office will also be closed during that time period. A notice on its website says that the closure is “due to a court order.”

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot and killed in her home on March 13 as police officers with a no-knock warrant broke down her door seeking evidence in a narcotics investigation. The target of the probe did not live at the location.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Minyvonne Burke