As activists are continuing to call for justice in the death of Breonna Taylor, Lousiville, Kentucky lawmakers have unanimously passed “Breonna’s Law.” Back in March, Breonna Taylor was asleep at home with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. Plainclothes police officers driving unmarked vehicles descended on her home to issue a “no-knock” search warrant in connection to a suspect they already had in custody. According to reports, because Breonna, an EMT, knew the suspect, authorities somehow concluded that she was tied to his alleged drug offenses.
Three officers entered her home unannounced (authorities claimed the officers did state they were the police, which has been refuted), and Walker, who had a license to carry, grabbed his firearm and issued a shot. The police returned fire, shooting Breonna Taylor eight times and killing her. A search of the home found no drugs or connection to the suspect. Kenneth Walker was arrested and indicted for attempted murder of a police officer, but his charges were later dropped.
Celebrities have called for all officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death to be arrested and charged, but the Louisville Metro Police Department nor the District Attorney’s office has budged on this case. The police report allegedly is missing many key elements causing misconduct accusations to surface. On Thursday (June 11), the Louisville Metro Council unanimously passed “Breonna’s Law” in a 0-26 vote that states LMPD can no longer issue no-knock warrants.
“No Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) police officer, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) officer, or any other Metro law enforcement or public safety official shall seek, execute, or participate in the execution of a no-knock warrant at any location within the boundaries of Jefferson County,” the law states. While this is a victory, some are still awaiting news about legal justice for Breonna Taylor.