PRESS RELEASE: Hernandez Introduces "Breonna Taylor" Bill to Ban No-Knock Warrants
For Immediate Release
January 29, 2021
PHOENIX – Representative Alma Hernandez this week introduced Arizona's version of the "Justice for Breonna Taylor" Law, a bill to disallow police from using no-knock warrants like the officers who killed Taylor inside her Louisville, Kentucky, home during a botched raid last year. After the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor, a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the state and federal level have come together to ban No-Knock Warrants. At the federal level Republican Senator Rand Paul introduced a similar ban at the national level.
Hernandez' HB2751 would require officers to audibly provide notice to the occupants of a place being searched before executing a warrant. Officers would also be required to provide a copy of the search warrant to the person being searched or the owner of the home or location.
"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. "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."