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Breonna Taylor's Killing Spurs Lawmakers To Ban No-Knock Warrants

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By Clark Sparky

The Louisville Metro Council unanimously passed a bill on Thursday that bans no-knock warrants in the wake of police killing Breonna Taylor on March 13. The bill is being called Breonna's Law, and requires police to knock and announce themselves when serving a warrant. It also requires police to turn their body cameras on five minutes before serving any warrant.

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Taylor was killed when police executed a warrant in the middle of the night at her residence. They knocked in the door unannounced and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, thought they were intruders so he reached for his gun and fired shots at the officers.

The police returned fire and reportedly shot Taylor eight times during the incident. She later died from her wounds.

The warrant was being served because authorities believed she might of had a connection to two recently arrested drug dealers. No narcotics were ever found at her residence.

"I plan to sign Breonna’s Law as soon as it hits my desk. I suspended use of these warrants indefinitely last month, and wholeheartedly agree with Council that the risk to residents and officers with this kind of search outweigh any benefit," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted on Thursday.

"This is one of many critical steps on police reform that we’ve taken to create a more peaceful, just, compassionate and equitable community," he added.

At a press conference announcing the bill, Taylor's mom praised lawmakers for their work to make this important change.

"Breonna, that's all she wanted to do was to save lives," she said of her daughter. "So with this law, she will be able to continue to do that. So we're grateful for that."

The family's attorney, Ben Crump, thanked the activists who helped urge lawmakers to pass this bill.

"[Breonna's Law' not only BANS no-knock warrants in Louisville, but also requires the use of body cameras by anyone executing a search warrant. Thank you all for your support in advocating for justice!! Let this be part of [Breonna Taylor’s] legacy," he tweeted.

Taylor's boyfriend was originally charged with attempted murder for shooting an officer during the gunfire exchange, but those charges were later dropped. Three of the officers involved in the incident have been suspended while an investigation is underway.

The killing of Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police has sparked civil unrest across the country as hundreds of thousands of protesters have marched demanding an end to police brutality and racial injustice.

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