‘Eyes and ears of the world’ are on Kentucky ahead of Taylor announcement, governor says

Gov. Beshear provides Tuesday update on COVID-19 in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - As attention shifts to Louisville ahead of an anticipated announcement in the case against three officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death, Ky. Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday his focus is on ensuring any ensuing demonstrations are safe and peaceful.

“The eyes and ears of the world are going to be here, people are going to be heard,” Beshear said. “Let’s just make sure it’s done in a way where the message doesn’t get lost.”

Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on March 13 while they were serving a warrant at her apartment. For months, voices in Louisville and around the country have been calling for charges to be filed against the officers.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is expected announce whether the officers will be charged sometime in the coming days, possibly as early as Wednesday.

In advance of that announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency Monday. A post on LMPD’s Facebook page outlines the actions begin taken, including access, traffic and parking restrictions in downtown Louisville.

Beshear said Tuesday he had not yet authorized the National Guard to “engage in any mission” in the city.

He also said, while he has been “in touch” with Cameron’s office about the proceedings, he has not been told when the announcement will be made.

The governor’s priority, he said Tuesday, was ensuring demonstrators are treated “with dignity and respect” and that the demonstrations themselves are both safe and free of outside agitators.

“I think LMPD are trying to ensure that any reaction is one where people can give voice but at the same time where we don’t see violence or property damage," Beshear said.

He added he has had no communication with President Trump’s administration, which sent federal law enforcement officers to various cities last month, ostensibly to protect federal buildings in cities where demonstrations were ongoing.

Beshear noted Tuesday Jefferson County, where Louisville resides, has its share of federal buildings and that a security presence in those buildings would be “natural.”

Unemployment

One day after announcing his administration had applied for three additional weeks of federal unemployment insurance benefits under FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance program, Beshear said Tuesday the application had been approved.

Eligible Kentuckians will receive $400 for the weeks of Aug. 22, Aug. 29, and Sept. 5.

Payments will be automatically processed for claimants who meet the weekly benefit criteria and have already provided a self-certification.

Claimants meeting the weekly benefit requirement who have not yet self-certified will be given an opportunity to provide the required self-certification, and those claimants will receive the benefit so long as FEMA funding remains.

COVID Update

Kentucky reported 824 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and 7 newly confirmed COVID-19-related deaths.

The state’s positivity rate stands at 4.52 percent.

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