Rand Paul says no-knock warrants 'should be forbidden' in wake of Breonna Taylor shooting

Phillip M. Bailey
May 18, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is speaking out about the controversial shooting of former Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police during a "no-knock" search warrant that experts have heavily criticized.

In an exclusive statement to The Courier Journal, the Republican lawmaker expressed concern about the Louisville Metro Police Department's search of Taylor's apartment on March 13, which has led to a national outcry.

Court records show police obtained a no-knock warrant before using a battering ram to enter Taylor's apartment at around 1 a.m. as part of a narcotics investigation.

But the warrant shows Taylor was not the main subject of the investigation, and that no narcotics were found in her apartment after she was shot eight times by police.

"No one should lose their life in pursuit of a crime without a victim, and 'no-knock' warrants should be forbidden," Paul said. "Letís hope the investigation provides justice."

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