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The Louisville City Council has unanimously approved banning the use of “no-knock” warrants by the city police department, and with Mayor Greg Fischer vowing to sign the bill, the practice will soon be forbidden in the city. The bill is named “Breonna’s Law” after Breonna Taylor, who was shot by police in March as they were serving a no-knock warrant on her apartment. While police say that they actually did knock before breaching the front door, eyewitnesses say they never heard police announce themselves.
Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who’s a legal gun owner and a concealed carry licensee, was inside the apartment when he awoke to the sound of loud booms. He says that he feared he and Taylor were the victims of a home invasion, and he fired one shot from a handgun as the front door buckled inward. Officers responded with a volley of gunfire, and Taylor, who was unarmed, was shot and killed.
Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, praised the passage by the city council. She spoke to the press after the vote along with the family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump.
“I’m just going to say that Breonna, that’s all she wanted to do was save lives,” Palmer said. “So with this law, she’ll get to continue to do that.”