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Louisville Passes Breonna’s Law Banning Police From Conducting No-Knock Warrants

Louisville Passes Breonna’s Law Banning Police From Conducting No-Knock Warrants

The Louisville Metro Council in Kentucky has just passed an ordinance today banning “no-knock” search warrants.

The ordinance, known as “Breonna’s law,” also regulates the execution of search warrants and the use of body camera equipment during the implementation of all search warrants.

Breonna Taylor was killed after officers exchanged gunfire with her boyfriend while executing a search warrant in a narcotics investigation.

The council’s vote was 26-0 in favor of the ordinance.

The ordinance requires all Louisville Metro Police Department officers present in the execution of a warrant to be equipped with an operating body camera, which has to be activated no later than five minutes prior to all warrant executions.

All recorded data also has to be retained for five years following an executing action, according to the ordinance. 

“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. This is one of many critical steps on police reform that we’ve taken to create a more peaceful, just, compassionate and equitable community,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Tweeted following the vote.