Resulting from the killing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, it is now illegal in Louisville to conduct “no-knock” raids as of Thursday, June 11th.
What We Know:
- On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, an African American woman, was shot eight times by the police as they were raiding her home and died.
- The police were investigating two men who they believed were selling drugs out of the home and the judge’s order was a “no-knock” warrant, allowing the police to enter the home without any warning or identifying themselves as law enforcement.
- Taylor’s boyfriend, Mr. Walker was in the house with her that night and shot fire as he feared for his life, thinking it was someone breaking into the home.
- Mr.Walker’s lawyer stated, “He didn’t know these were police officers, and they found no drugs in the apartment. He was scared for his life and her life.”
- Taylor’s death has been a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement and community, as another innocent life was taken.
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. 1/2
— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) June 11, 2020
- The new law passed Thursday, unanimously by the 26-member council, and the mayor said he would sign it “as soon as it hits my desk.”
The new “no-knock” raid law is one step closer to changing and pushing for police reform.