Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers filed a bill restricting “no-knock” warrants that was unanimously approved on Thursday, but Kentucky lawmaker Attica Scott wants to make it clear that the bill is not Breonna’s Law.
Attica Scott took to social media to clear up any confusion that may be in the air concerning the two bills.
SB 4 is the bill that Kentucky legislators approved on Thursday that states that no-knock warrants can only be acquired with “clear and convincing evidence” that the “crime alleged is a crime that would qualify a person, if convicted, as a violent offender.”
The warrants would have to be executed between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Another aspect of the bill requires officers to go through a more expansive process in order to obtain warrants, as well as an eligible signature from the judge who approved the warrant.
HB 21 also known as Breonna’s Law is the bill that Attica Scott introduced to legislators, which calls for banning no-knock warrants and leans more heavily on police accountability, but HB21 has not moved past the House.
Breonna’s Law would require officers to turn on their body cameras while serving the warrant and anytime a police-involved shooting or a deadly incident occurs.
Breonna’s Law also proposes drug testing for officers involved in deadly incidents.
In another post, Scott shows a side-by-side comparison of the two bills, and the Louisville Ordinance, which HB21 was mirrored after.
Louisville’s Metro Council banned all no-knock warrants in June 2020.
The details show that HB 21 is clearly the more thorough bill.
Scott expressed her disappointment in her senate colleagues moving on with SB 4 instead of coming to a compromise on HB 21.
He (Stivers) could have, instead, worked with us to make sure that our bill reflected what he may have wanted to see in a no-knock warrant piece of legislation.
What political oppression looks like is the bill that we filed, House Bill 21, hasn’t even been assigned to a committee yet.”
The Kentucky Black Caucus supports Breonna’s Law and they wrote a letter to the Kentucky House of Representatives to urge them to pass the bill.
Shouts out to Attica Scott for fighting the good fight and continuing to push for Breonna’s Law to be passed.