Push to limit knock ban warrants

Frankfort, Kentucky (AP) — Kentucky State Captain passed a partial ban on knock bans on Tuesday, more than a year after Breona Taylor died during a police raid on a black woman’s house.

The bill is currently heading for Democratic Governor Andy Beshear.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Louisville emergency medical technician studying to become a nurse Shot multiple times In March 2020, after awakening from sleep by police at her door during a drug investigation. A no-knock warrant was approved as part of the drug investigation. No drugs were found in her house.

The case fueled national protests against police atrocities and organized racism, calling on demonstrators to ban knock-ban warrants. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, as police walk through the door with a battering ram Dismissed once.

The bill only knocks if there is “clear and compelling evidence” that “the alleged crime is a crime that, if convicted, identifies a person as a violent criminal.” Allows issuance of a warrant without.The warrant must also be carried out between 6 am and 10 pm

In addition, officers must take additional steps to obtain a warrant in the limited circumstances permitted. Judges also need to sign for readability when approving them.

The House of Representatives amended the bill to allow legitimate officers in less populated counties to enforce warrants when special response teams are not available.

The Senate agreed with the revised version.

Former state police officer John Brunton, who submitted the floor amendment, argued that the amendment would help local police, who lack the same resources and personnel as urban and suburban areas.

“What we don’t want to do is in rural areas where emergencies can occur and special response teams may not be in time to carry out any of these,” he said.

In the Taylor case, a grand jury charged a police officer with illegal danger in September for shooting at his neighbor’s apartment. However, no police officer was charged in connection with her death. This was based in part on a presentation by Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who advised not to prosecute police officers who shot at Taylor’s apartment.

Police had a knock ban warrant, but they said they had knocked and announced their existence before entering Taylor’s apartment, claiming that some witnesses had objected. No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment.

Some Democrats said they reluctantly voted on the bill, hoping that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives would proceed with another proposal calling for a complete ban on knock ban warrants.

Another proposal from Congressman Attica Scott was raised for discussion by the Commission earlier this month, but was not voted on.

Louisville Democrat Reginald Meeks said he wanted to vote for the bill, but felt that the bill wasn’t enough to hold law enforcement officers accountable and prevent police atrocities.

“I can’t say I went home and talked to my brother or sister and did something to save my life,” he said.

If signed, the law does not preclude Louisville’s local ban on all knock ban warrants.

The other three states have banned that practice. Virginia passed a ban on all knock ban warrants last year. Warrants are not permitted by Oregon and Florida law.


Hudspeth Blackburn is a corps member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in the local newsroom to report on unreported issues.