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Tennessee lawmaker plans to file legislation to end no-knock warrants

Posted at 9:12 AM, Sep 24, 2020

A Tennessee lawmaker says she will file legislation to end no-knock warrants.

This comes after Wednesday’s grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says the police officers involved did knock and announce themselves and did not execute a no-knock warrant like the original report said.

However, Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D – Memphis) tweeted that she plans to file legislation in the next general assembly to end no-knock warrants.

A no-knock warrant is a type of search warrant that authorizes police to enter a site without knocking or announcing themselves.

During his COVID-19 update on Wednesday, Gov. Bill Lee was asked if he supports this type of legislation. He said he'll look at all the options about police reform.

“We should continue to engage in this dialogue. The task force will continue to bring forth ideas. I would look at any idea that the legislature brings forth, certainly that will improve our understanding of how policing operates in this state and particularly if law enforcement believes and agrees that that's an appropriate step,” Lee said.

Barring any unforeseen issues, the General Assembly will not meet again until January.