Kentucky Senate GOP leader files no-knock warrant bill

Kentucky

FILE – Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — One of Kentucky’s top GOP lawmakers has filed legislation to ban some no-knock warrants nearly a year after the death of Breonna Taylor.

Under the bill, no-knock warrants would only be issued if there was “clear and convincing evidence” that that “crime alleged is a crime that would qualify a person, if convicted, as a violent offender.” Senate President Robert Stivers says that that would prevent similar situations from occurring again.

Taylor was shot multiple times by police during a botched drug raid in March 2020. Police had a no-knock warrant but said they knocked and announced their presence before entering Taylor’s apartment, a claim some witnesses have disputed.

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