The Louisville, Kentucky Metro Police Department announced that it will be placing tighter restrictions on the use of “no-knock” warrants in response to the shooting death of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor. The department also announced that it will be requiring police officers to wear body cameras in more situations.
Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment on March 13 when police, who were initiating a no-knock warrant, entered her home searching for illegal drugs.
Taylor’s boyfriend fired his legally registered firearm at what he say’s he thought were intruders. One officer was shot in the leg. The officers fired back, and Taylor was shot eight times.
Louisville mayor, Greg Fischer, said that “no-knock” warrants will now need to be signed off on by the police chief and then sent to a judge for approval.
The no-knock warrant the officers had when they entered Taylor’s apartment, did not have her name on it and was issued for a home that was located almost 10 miles away from Taylor’s apartment complex. Police never found any illegal drugs at the apartment.
Attorneys representing Taylor’s family also claimed the warrant was based on information officers had gathered two months prior to the raid.
“Two months old. Anything could change. She could have moved out of that apartment based off of that search warrant,” attorney Lonita Baker said.
Taylor’s family has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, use of excessive force, and gross negligence.
Attorneys representing the family also called for an end to the use of “no-knock” warrants.