On Thursday, all 26 members of the Louisville Metro Council voted to pass an ordinance that bans no-knock warrants.
The ordinance is called, “Breonna’s Law”, named after Breonna Taylor, a former Emergency Medical Technician, who died in a police raid inside her apartment.
The ordinance, according to an NBC News report, will “ban any search warrant that does not require police to announce themselves and their purpose at the premises. It requires any Louisville Metro Police Department or Metro law enforcement to knock and wait a minimum of 15 seconds for a response”.
The ordinance is yet to be signed by Louisville Mayor, Greg Fischer, who had vowed to pass the ordinance, “as soon as it hits my desk”.
Fischer said in a tweet that supports the ordinance that he, “wholeheartedly agree with Council that the risk to residents and officers with this kind of search outweigh any benefit”, he added, that “this is one of many critical steps on police reform that we’ve taken to create a more peaceful, just, compassionate and equitable community. “
Taylor’s mother was happy about the passage of the ordinance, saying that what Breonna wanted to do was to save lives and that with the ordinance, “she’ll get to continue to do that.”
Taylor was shot by plainclothes officers on March 13 after midnight to serve a no-knock warrant for a drug case.