As riots from the Breonna Taylor case make national headlines, members of our local “B” Battery, national guard unit have been sent to Louisville to assist police.
Members of the local unit were notified Tuesday afternoon and traveled to Louisville to be a part of around 500 total national guard members in the state that have been mobilized. Two Louisville police officers are recovering after being shot less than an hour before a curfew was enacted on the city last evening.
Gov. Andy Beshear has authorized the Kentucky National Guard in a “limited” role in Louisville to protect infrastructure and buildings, including hospitals.
National Guard vehicles rolled through downtown Louisville late Wednesday afternoon.
Beshear said use of the Guard will be similar to its deployment during the Kentucky Derby.
Beshear said the Guard will be used in specific operations under the command of the Guard. The units will not fulfill any forward-facing role, as that will be handled by Louisville Metro Police Department.