Kentucky imposes restrictions on non-knocking following the death of Breonna Taylor

"This is an important change," said Kentucky Prime Minister Andy Beshear. "It will save lives, and it will move us to walk in the right direction."


Kentucky government spokesman Andy Beshear signed a minor curfew on Friday after months of protests over Breonna Taylor's murder in her home during a police raid last year.

A law signed by a democratically elected governor is not a complete ban on many protesters and other Democrat candidates - a proposal that was introduced as a "Breonna Law" - but also does not prevent individual cities and towns from completely blocking permits.

This measure drew joint support between the legislature, in which the Republicans held considerable voting power in the House and the Senate. The law only allows for a person to be deported if there is "clear and convincing evidence" that the case under investigation "could qualify a person, if convicted, as a violent criminal."

Taylor, a 26-year-old Louisville emergency medical specialist who is studying to become a nurse, was shot several times in March 2020 after being awakened from his bed by police. No drugs were found, and later the book was found to be flawed.

Family, activists celebrate one year since Breonna Taylor was shot dead by Louisville police

MARCH 14, 202104: 21

"This is an important change," Beshear said. “It will save lives, and it will move us to walk in the right direction. I know a lot needs to be done. I know the war is not over. ”

Taylor's family members stood behind the governor during the signing of the bill, at Louisville's Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, burst into tears as she accepted the pen the governor used to sign the measure.

"While it is not the perfect law they were looking for regarding the complete ban on non-knockout permits, they are satisfied that this is a start and a victory in a very different General Assembly," said family spokesman Lonita Baker.

Baker added that the family is looking forward to working with lawyers in future legislation to further ban literature and increase police response.

"Breonna's law" would ban all non-knock-off permits, specify fines for police officers who abuse body cameras and authorize drug and alcohol testing for employees of "deadly incidents."

Under the law passed, no knocking permits must be made between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and officials need to take additional steps to obtain approval. The judges are also required to sign in a legible manner when approving them and the EMT should now be available at the time of issue of the letter of approval.

In Taylor's case, a knock-on permit was granted as part of a drug investigation involving the Louisville Metro Police Department. However, officials said they knocked on the door and announced their presence before entering Taylor's apartment, although some witnesses objected.

In September, a senior judge sued one of the officers for self-harm by shooting at a neighbor's apartment, but no one was charged with Taylor's death. That was based in part on the presentation of Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who would recommend no criminal charges against officers who shot dead Taylor's house.

One of the officers, Males Cosgrove, was fired. Federal ballistics experts say they believe the gun that killed Taylor came from Cosgrove. The police department also fired an official, Joshua Jaynes, who received the order.

Virginia passed a ban on all non-knockout permits last year. Authorities are also not allowed in Florida and Oregon.