Earlier this week, Virginia became the first state to ban no-knock search warrants in response to the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March during the execution of a no-knock warrant at her Louisville, Kentucky home.
Gov. Ralph Northam signed “Breonna’s Law” during a ceremony in Richmond on Monday. Sponsored by Del. Lashrecse Aird (D-Petersburg) and Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), the law prohibits the use of no-knock search warrants in the state.
Virginia is the third state in the country to ban this practice—and the first state to do so since the death of Taylor.
Northam was joined at the ceremony by Bianca Austin and Tahasha Holloway, Breonna Taylor’s aunts. Also participating was civil rights advocate and attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the family of Breonna Taylor in ongoing litigation and has represented the families of George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery and Jacob Blake.
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