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Some Louisville federal buildings close ahead of expected Breonna Taylor announcement


The Gene Snyder United States Courthouse will be closed to the public through Friday, September 25, according to an order by Greg Stivers, US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. All scheduled in-court appearances will be continued or converted to videoconference proceedings at the discretion of the presiding judge, the order says.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Louisville will also be closed during that period “due to a court order.” Neither facility provided additional details for the closures.

Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT and aspiring nurse, was fatally shot after police broke down the door to her apartment while executing a late-night “no-knock” warrant in a narcotics investigation on March 13.

None of the officers involved in her death have been arrested or charged. Two remain on the force, while a third officer was fired and is appealing to get his job back.

Her death has led to widespread protests as part of the Black Lives Matter movement and calls for justice for Taylor and other Black victims of police violence.

Cameron has not publicly commented on a timeline into his office’s investigation into Taylor’s death. Still, the closures and other movements suggest an upcoming announcement.

Last Thursday, US Attorney Russell Coleman asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide protection for four federal buildings in downtown Louisville.

Jean Porter, director of communications for Mayor Greg Fischer, told CNN the Federal Protective Service or FPS, which is a branch of DHS, was asked by the US Attorney to come to Louisville to protect the Snyder Courthouse, Mazzoli Building, US Attorney’s Office and an ICE office that are adjacent to each other. Porter said Louisville Metro Government did not make the request.

Porter did not provide any additional details about the request. The mayor’s office referred comment to Coleman, whose spokesman would not confirm or deny any details on the order. DHS officials did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Federal agents have been used to protect federal courthouses in other cities, including Portland and Chicago, following complaints from Trump’s administration that local officials were not doing enough to stop vandalism.