“In a bi-partisan vote, I applaud my colleagues who voted in favor of HB 5099. This bill was drafted with significant input from stakeholders in both law enforcement and the community working together towards the goal of protecting lives in our Commonwealth of Virginia. With today’s passage, we’re one step closer to ensuring our public safety officers who put their lives at risk daily, as well as those they come in contact with, are that much safer,” said Delegate Aird. “These door busting techniques have often led to significant violence leaving officers and individuals involved traumatized and distraught. I look forward to working to advance this policy in the Senate of Virginia.”
Efforts to ban no-knock warrants, otherwise known as “Breonna’s Law” have spread throughout the country after the tragic death of Breonna Taylor. Riddled with bullets, Breonna Taylor was shot to death by police while she was in her own home on March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky. Three Louisville police officers in plainclothes, authorized by a no-knock search warrant for drugs, crashed through the door of her home. No drugs were found.
Breonna was a victim of a legal police operation: the controversial “no-knock” warrant, which allows law enforcement to forcefully enter a person’s home without announcing their presence. If enacted, HB5099 would prevent such a tragedy from occurring in the Commonwealth of Virginia.