STATEMENT FROM DELEGATE LASHRECSE AIRD ON VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF HB5099 PROHIBITING NO-KNOCK WARRANTS

RICHMOND, VA – Today the Virginia General Assembly passed the conference report for HB 5099, prohibiting the use of no-knock search warrants, introduced by Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird (D-63rd). HB 5099 prevents any law-enforcement officer from seeking, executing, or participating in the execution of a no-knock search warrant, requires a law-enforcement officer to provide notice of his identity, authority in uniform and make it so that any evidence obtained from a search in violation of these requirements would not be admissible into evidence in any prosecution. The conference report incorporated language from the Senate comprehensive criminal justice reform bill, now also requiring authorized search warrants to be conducted during the daytime, unless an exception is granted by a judge or magistrate.

“In a bi-partisan vote, I applaud my colleagues in the General Assembly for supporting HB 5099. This bill was drafted with significant input from stakeholders from both law enforcement and the criminal justice community, working together towards the goal of protecting more lives in the Commonwealth. Forced entry raids and the use of no-knock search warrants have long terrorized black and brown communities, causing trauma and tragedy in some instances. With the passage of HB 5099, I am proud that Virginia will join only two other states and lead the way to ensure that a practice that has been controversial since its inception will cease to continue in Virginia. The fight against this tactic was revived as a result of the tragic loss of Breonna Taylor, and with this legislation, the power of her life remains undeniable and will be felt forever.”

The conference report as passed will be communicated to the Governor of Virginia for final consideration and signature.

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