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The killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old who was shot to death during a police raid in March while she slept in her home, lead to the Louisville City Council unanimously passing a ban on no-knock warrants.
The Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Council unanimously passed Breonna's Law named in honor of police-shooting victim Breonna Taylor on Thursday evening, stating that "no-knock" warrants are illegal and body cameras MUST be turned on before and after every search.
Three plainclothes officers raided Taylor's home that she shared with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker who fired back at police officers during the raid. Police claimed the no-knock warrant was related to drugs although the suspect they were looking for did not live at Taylor's address.
After the 26-0 vote Thursday a standing ovation broke out on the council and the crowd that waited outside applauded the decision.
Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, was elated after the vote. "I know if Breonna was here today, she'd be looking down thinking I'm making history," Palmer said following the council meeting. "She just really cared about saving lives and so she'll get to continue to do that with Breonna's law. I know she'd be blessed. I'm blessed. I'm happy. It's a start."
The officers involved in the shooting were not wearing body cameras, although others in the department wore them. With the passing of Breonna's Law, police officers are now subject to punishment if they do not turn on body cameras five minutes before and after searches.
The detective who applied for the no-knock warrant that resulted in the police death of Breonna Taylor has now been reassigned, authorities said late Wednesday.
Walker, 27, called 911 as shots rang out, and bullets were exchanged between the officers and Walker, a licensed gun owner, according to Sam Aguiar, an attorney for Taylor's family.
"Questions have been raised … about how and why the search warrant was approved,"
Louisville Metro acting Police Chief Robert Schroeder said at a news conference Wednesday. "As a result of those questions, I have placed Detective Joshua Jaynes, who applied for the warrant, on administrative reassignment until those questions can be answered."
No charges have been filed in connection with Taylor's death.
The officers who responded that night have been reassigned, however there is still no justice it's time to FIRE, ARREST, CHARGE, PROSECUTE and CONVICT the three responsible for her murder!