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Sept. 23, 2020, 6:51 p.m. EDT

Kentucky’s Democratic governor authorizes National Guard deployment in Louisville

Louisville mayor says the case is ‘far from over’ as the FBI continues to probe the matter

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Police and protesters converge during a demonstration Wednesday after a grand jury announced a decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor’s death.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he has authorized a “limited” deployment of the National Guard as hundreds of demonstrators have gathered to protest a grand jury’s decision to not indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor’s death.

See: No officers indicted for Breonna Taylor death, but one charged for shooting into neighboring apartments

The Democratic governor said Wednesday at a news conference that the deployment is “based on very specific operations,” and is under the sole command of the National Guard.

Beshear said the National Guard would protect “critical infrastructure,” including hospitals.

Meanwhile, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the indictment of one of the officers on a charge of wanton endangerment “confirmed our decision to terminate” him from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

See: ‘I absolutely believe that we can do better, America,’ says the attorney for the family of Breonna Taylor — months before a grand jury indicted 1 of 3 officers in her fatal shooting

Fischer said the case is “far from over” and the FBI is continuing its probe the matter.

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Louisville police detain a a group who marched on Wednesday in Louisville.

Also, LMPD is conducting a Professional Standards Unit investigation to determine if any policies and procedures were violated by officers involved in the case.

In urging calm, Fischer said: “Let’s turn to each other, not on each other.”

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