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Ky. gov. signs bipartisan law limiting no-knock warrants

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 09: Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor's mother, cries and watches as Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signs SB4 into law at the Center for African American Heritage on April 9, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. SB4 places more restrictions on no-knock raids and limits police departments power to use them. This bill comes as a response to the killing of Breonna Taylor during the execution of a no-knock warrant on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY – APRIL 09: Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s mother, cries and watches as Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signs SB4 into law at the Center for African American Heritage on April 9, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 5:35 PM PT – Friday, April 9, 2021

Kentucky’s governor signed bipartisan legislation that tightened the rules on no-knock warrants. Friday’s bill signing came after Breonna Taylor was killed during a botched drug raid, in which a no-knock warrant was used to enter her apartment.

Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer and her family were present for the signing. For months, protesters had demanded no-knock warrants be banned completely, but the new law narrows the reasoning for obtaining one for only “clear and convincing evidence” of a violent crime.

“Lawmakers came together across party lines to pass Senate Bill 4, which restricts the use of no-knock warrants to protect both the public and those in law enforcement,” Gov. Andy Beshear (D-Ky.) said. “I cannot imagine the depths of the pain of losing a child. As a parent, I’ll admit to you it’s my greatest fear.”

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 13: A portrait of Breonna Taylor is seen before the crowd during a memorial protest for her in Jefferson Square Park on March 13, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. Today marks the one year anniversary since Taylor was killed in her apartment during a botched no-knock raid executed by LMPD. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 13: A portrait of Breonna Taylor is seen before the crowd during a memorial protest for her in Jefferson Square Park on March 13, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

 

A similar no-knock warrant ban was introduced into the U.S. Senate by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R), but it has not been taken up for procedural advancement.

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