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'Breonna's Law' passes Metro Council committee

The ordinance would regulate and provide guidelines for LMPD's use of no-knock warrants.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Metro Council's Public Safety Committee unanimously approved "Breonna's Law," an ordinance that would regulate and provide guidelines for LMPD's use of no-knock warrants.

The ordinance was proposed after Breonna Taylor was killed during the execution of a no-knock warrant at her home March 13. It takes no-knock warrants may only be obtained in cases involving imminent threat of harm or death to officers or civilians.

It also limits the offense these warrants can be used for: murder, hostage taking, kidnapping, terrorism, human trafficking and sexual trafficking. The warrant for the raid that Taylor died in was obtained for drug charges.

The ordinance also requires LMPD tell the public safety committee how many no-knock warrants have been requested, issued and executed. The committee will also be told of any injuries or deaths during the execution.

LMPD officers would also be required to have body cameras turned on five minutes prior to the execution through five minutes after it has been served. The footage will be on record for five years.

Metro Council voted unanimously to pass the ordinance on June 11. "Breonna's Law" now goes to Mayor Greg Fischer for his signature.

Council members Barbara Sexton Smith and Jessica Green are primary sponsors of the ordinance, along with Barbara Shanklin, Keisha Dorsey, Donna Purvis, David James, Paula McCraney, Brandon Coan, Bill Hollander, Pat Mulvihill, Mark Fox, Cindi Fowler, Kevin Triplett, Markus Winkler, Nicole George, Madonna Flood and David Yates.

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