Kentucky governor indicators invoice limiting ‘no-knock’ police raids

New legislation is a response to the dying of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black girl who was shot and killed by police.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Friday signed a invoice into state legislation limiting using “no-knock” police raids to instances involving violent crime.

The brand new legislation is a response to the dying of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black girl who was shot and killed by police throughout a misdirected drug raid in March 2020. Taylor’s dying set off nationwide demonstrations.

“That is significant change. It is going to save lives and it strikes us in the best course,” Beshear, a Democrat, mentioned in remarks on the invoice signing attended by Taylor’s mom, a tearful Tamika Palmer, on the Kentucky Middle for African American Heritage in Louisville.

Beshear mentioned he was signing the invoice “to ensure no different mom goes by means of the ache Tamika Palmer has felt”.

The brand new legislation bans unannounced, nighttime drug raids just like the one which killed Taylor as she slept. No medication have been discovered and it was later decided police raided the mistaken location.

The invoice signed into legislation by Beshear limits no-knock searches by police to instances involving violent crimes akin to homicide, rape and assault and bans raids between 10pm and 6am. It’s not a full ban on the police tactic that had been sought by Taylor’s household.

“Whereas it’s not the total laws that they wished by way of an entire ban on no-knock warrants, they’re glad that it is a begin and a win in a deeply divided Basic Meeting,” the household’s lawyer Lonita Baker advised The Related Press.

A protester holds up a portray of Breonna Taylor throughout a rally on the primary anniversary of her dying at Jefferson Sq. Park in Louisville, Kentucky on March 13, 2021 [Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo]

“Breonna’s Regulation” would have banned all no-knock warrants, outlined penalties for officers who misuse physique cameras and mandated drug and alcohol testing of officers concerned in “lethal incidents”.

No fees have been filed towards the officers who shot into Taylor’s residence, though two concerned within the raid have been fired by the Louisville police division.

Amid nationwide protests, the Louisville chief of police introduced his retirement and town of Louisville suspended the long run use of no-knock warrants indefinitely.

Elsewhere, the state of Virginia handed a ban on all no-knock warrants final yr. No-knock warrants should not allowed in Florida and Oregon.

In September, town of Louisville agreed to settle a wrongful dying lawsuit by paying $12m to Taylor’s household.

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