Breonna Taylor: Louisville to ban no-knock warrants after police shooting

(BBC) -A city council in the US state of Kentucky has voted to ban no-knock warrants, passing a law named in honour of a woman who was shot dead by police.

Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot eight times when officers entered her apartment in Louisville on 13 March.

They were executing a no-knock search warrant as part of a drugs investigation.

A no-knock warrant is a search warrant approved by a judge that permits police to enter a home without permission.

Inside, the officers exchanged fire with Ms Taylor’s partner, but no drugs were found.

The exact events are disputed, as police say that despite the warrant, they did knock before raiding her address using a battering ram. Ms Taylor’s family and a neighbour have disputed this.

On Thursday, Louisville’s city council voted unanimously, 26-0, in favour of banning the controversial warrants.

The ordinance, symbolically named “Breonna’s Law”, was put to a vote after calls for police reform at recent protests in the city and nationwide.

“I’m just going to say, Breonna, that’s all she wanted to do was save lives, so with this law she will continue to get to do that,” Ms Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, said of her daughter, who was an emergency medical technician.

“She would be so happy.”