A newly signed Kentucky legislation considerably limits when no-knock search or arrest warrants will be issued, a transfer that comes greater than a 12 months after Louisville cops fatally shot Breonna Taylor whereas executing such a warrant.
Members of Taylor’s household, together with her mom, Tamika Palmer, stood with Gov. Andy Beshear as he signed the invoice into legislation at an occasion in Louisville, on Friday.
“I am signing the Senate Invoice 4 to make sure one other mom by no means goes by the ache Tamika Palmer has felt,” Beshear mentioned. “That is significant change. It would save lives and it strikes us in the precise path.”
Sponsored by Republican state Senate President Robert Stivers, — who additionally attended the signing ceremony — the laws wouldn’t place an outright ban on warrants permitting police to forcibly enter residences with out notification, however would restrict the circumstances when they’re allowed.
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As a substitute, the issuance of no-knock warrants can be restricted to conditions the place a choose finds “clear and convincing proof” the alleged crime concerned is violent and prior discover would endanger lives or result in the destruction of proof concerned in such a crime.
Such warrants must be cleared by a legislation enforcement official’s supervising officer after session with a prosecutor, with a requirement to speak in confidence to a choose some other makes an attempt to serve the warrant — and will solely be carried out between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville cops final 12 months in a post-midnight March 13 raid on her residence. Officers obtained a no-knock warrant to seek for medicine within the residence, although none had been discovered, and accounts differ between the officers and neighbors on whether or not they introduced their presence earlier than coming into.
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Widespread protests demanding justice for Taylor swept by downtown Louisville in Might and persevered all through the summer season, along with her title invoked in protests and marches all through the nation.
Lonita Baker, an lawyer for Taylor’s household, advised reporters after the invoice signing that Palmer and her household are “very inspired,” however hope to see extra policing reform handed subsequent 12 months.
“Whereas it is not the total laws that they wished, by way of a whole ban on no-knock warrants, they’re glad that this can be a begin and a win in a deeply divided Basic Meeting,” Baker mentioned.
A late modification to the invoice to safe its passage on the ultimate day of the legislative session final week took out a requirement for officers executing a no-knock warrant in a county with a small inhabitants to put on physique cameras and have specialised coaching in such entries.
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