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.
On Friday, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Gov. Andy Beshear signed three bills that will help build a better Kentucky by supporting postsecondary education, economic development and public safety in the commonwealth.
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) April 9, 2021
“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.”
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.