Louisville Metro Council Unanimously Passes ‘Breonna’s Law’ Banning No-Knock Warrants

The Louisville Metro Council has unanimously voted to pass an ordinance banning no-knock warrants known as “Breonna’s Law.”

The ordinance is named after Breonna Taylor, a decorated EMT who was murdered by Louisville Metro Police with a no-knock warrant.

According to NBC News, Breonna’s Law, passed by a 26-0 vote, bans any search warrant that does not require police to announce themselves and their purpose at the premises. It requires any Louisville Metro Police Department or Metro law enforcement to knock and wait a minimum of 15 seconds for a response.

As WDRB reports, the ordinance also ensures that body cameras must be worn by all officers executing a warrant for at least five minutes before and after the warrant is issued.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted he plans to sign the ordinance as soon as it hits his desk.

Breonna Taylor’s Death

On March 13, Taylor was murdered by Louisville Metro Officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove.

The officers entered her apartment unannounced with a no-knock warrant in plainclothes and fired over 20 shots shooting Taylor eight times

They were looking for a suspect the Louisville police already had in custody.

Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was in the apartment with Taylor, fired shot at the officers thinking they were burglars. He was initially charged, but the charges were recently dropped.

Don’t Let Up

Breonna’s Law passing is a win, but it isn’t a reason to let up. The officers responsible for Taylor’s death need to be held responsible.

In a massive digital awareness campaign spearheaded by Until Freedom including entertainers like Cardi B and Queen Latifah, Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer clarified what happened. Additionally, doable tasks were laid out for the public at large to demand justice.

In an extensive interview with The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee and Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez, Palmer described Taylor’s death in detail explaining how officers gave her the run around for hours.

To demand justice for Breonna Taylor, please do the following:

Call Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer @ (502) 574-2003 and demand the officers be fired.

Call Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron @ (502) 696-5300 and demand officers he charge officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove.

Call Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder at (502) 574-7111 and demand he completes the investigation immediately and turns it over to Breonna’s lawyers and the AG Cameron.

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Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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