Today would have been Breonna Taylor's 29th birthday. We will never stop fighting for justice or stop saying her name. Today we celebrate Breonna Taylor, the care she gave her community as an EMT, and the love she showed as a daughter, partner, and friend.
Hear from ACLU of Kentucky Legal Director Corey Shapiro about the ongoing investigations into Breonna Taylor's murder and our federal lawsuit to hold Louisville Metro Police Department accountable for their violent response to peaceful protesters.
Breonna Taylor's life affected millions of people, from those she served directly as an EMT in Louisville to her family and friends to those who learned her name in the summer of 2020. ACLU of Kentucky's Savanah Taylor and Kaili Moss reflect on Breonna Taylor's legacy and the future of the movement for Black lives. Read their reflections here and here.
No-knock warrants are a staple of the failed war on drugs that harm and terrorize Black and Brown communities. Overall, 42 percent of no-knock targets are Black and 12 percent are Latino. Nearly two-thirds are for drug searches, and Black and Latino people account for 61 percent of drug targets. SWAT teams find contraband in only about one third of the drug cases, meaning even if one believes a raid necessary for a drug search, innocent people were placed in life-threatening situations in roughly two out of every three drug raids.
No-knock warrants have been severly restricted in Kentucky and banned in Louisville and Lexington. It's past time to ban them nationwide. Read more about no-knock warrants here.