Arizona OK’s  ‘Justice for Breonna Taylor’ Law Banning No-Knock Warrants, and More

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

By Tanya Decendario

PHOENIX – This week, Arizona State Rep. Alma Hernandez initiated Arizona’s version of the “Justice for Breonna Taylor” Law, a bill prohibiting law enforcement from using no-knock warrants.

The bill was first introduced in Louisville, Kentucky, after Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American woman, was fatally shot by two police officers. The officers used a no-knock warrant and barged into her residence, shooting her six times.

The death of Breonna Taylor sparked groups of lawmakers to impose a plan to ban no-knock warrants.

In the midst of last summer’s events, the Louisville City Council voted to pass the ban on no-knock warrants in the state of Kentucky, and the first ever “Justice for Breonna Taylor” law was mandated, demanding police officers wear body cameras.

The no-knock warrant had been authorized in the state of Arizona since the year 2000.

In Arizona, two petitions on began circulating in the hope to ban the no-knock warrants in Arizona. Both petitions were designed to reach the city and state lawmakers.

“What happened to Breonna Taylor was a travesty and a miscarriage of justice, and we must do all we can to prevent anything like that from happening here,” said Hernandez (D-Tucson).

Rep. Hernandez authored the bill, requiring police officers to verbally announce their intention to search before executing a warrant. Another crucial aspect of the search is providing a copy of the search warrant to the resident or the owner of the location.

She added, “This is common-sense law enforcement reform that protects officers and the public from tragic mistakes. We know that this is a non-partisan issue to protect all Arizonans.”

On Twitter, Hernandez posted a picture of herself holding the bill with the caption: “Today I dropped the #BreonnaTaylor bill to remove the authority to execute a no-knock search warrant and requires a uniformed p.officer to provide an audible notice before a search warrant is executed and requires they be given a copy of the search warrant #AZleg #SayHerName.”

Tanya Decendario is a third-year student studying Legal Studies at UC Berkeley. She is originally from Sonoma, CA, but currently resides in Albany, CA.

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