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State representative introduces legislation named after Breonna Taylor, hopes to ban no-knock warrants in Wis.

Posted at 9:21 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 10:34:13-05

MADISON — State Representative LaKeshia Myers has introduced legislation that would ban no-knock warrants in Wisconsin.

Myers (D-Milwaukee) introduced "Breonna's Law" on Feb. 1. The legislation is named for Breonna Taylor, who was killed during the execution of a no-knock warrant at her home in Louisville, Kentucky in March 2020.

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This undated photo provided by LaKeshia Myers, shows LaKeshia Myers. Myers, a schoolteacher who campaigned on improving education, defeated a longtime Democratic state lawmaker in the Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, primary to take his seat representing the northern swath of Milwaukee County. Myers upset state Rep. Fred Kessler by 23 percentage points in the 12th Assembly District. Myers will be unopposed in November.(Photo courtesy LaKeshia Myers via AP)

“It is most appropriate for us to begin Black History Month 2021 by introducing ‘Breonna’s Law’," said Myers in a statement. "Breonna Taylor’s life was taken while she was in the comfort of her own home, through the use of a no-knock warrant. While Taylor was not the subject of the warrant, her life was mercilessly ended through no fault of her own. It is because of this that we call on Wisconsin legislators to end the use of no-knock warrants.”

According to Myers, Wisconsin was the first state to authorize the use of no-knock warrants in 1997.

“No-knock warrants are harmful to civilians and law enforcement officers alike; Milwaukee police officer Matthew Rittner was killed in the line of duty while his tactical unit executed a no-knock warrant in February 2019, because of a no-knock warrant, a wife lost her husband, Milwaukee lost a police officer, and a child lost its father," said Myers. "As the state that created no-knock warrants, Wisconsin has the responsibility to be the state to end their use. When you know better, you must do better, and this is a step in the right direction.”

Myers said that no-knock warrants "remain prevalent in Wisconsin than any other state."

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