Task Force Created After Breonna Taylor Shooting Finishes Review of Search Warrant Process

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said a search warrant task force, created after Breonna Taylor's fatal shooting, finished its review of the search warrant process Tuesday and had several recommendations.

The specialized task force was created last year after police used a no-knock warrant to enter 26-year-old Taylor's apartment, where she was fatally shot by officers.

The 18-member panel recommended three main changes for the way search warrants are handled in the future, including police officers receiving additional training in search warrant procedures, the implementation of an electric database and tracking ZIP codes where search warrants are carried out.

The electronic database is recommended to state and local agencies to record search warrants and where they are used. The database would be maintained by the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

Additionally, the panel advised further supervision over search warrants, with prosecutors reviewing and approving the warrants. It recommended for police to take into account the time of day or if children might be present in consideration of when to execute a search warrant.

"The final recommendations reflect law enforcement's role in advancing public safety and acknowledge the personal protections guaranteed by our Constitution," Cameron said.

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said a search warrant task force, created after Breonna Taylor's fatal shooting, has finished its review of the search warrant process and has several recommendations. Above, Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into Taylor's death, in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

The new electronic database should "allow the public to compare the number of search warrants served across various ZIP codes and regions of the commonwealth," Cameron's release said.

Cameron said the goal of the task force was "to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the search warrant process" in Kentucky.

The task force consisted of state lawmakers, representatives appointed by the chief justice of Kentucky's Supreme Court, police members, citizens and a member of the Kentucky NAACP.

Cameron, a Republican, was the special prosecutor who investigated the police actions on the night of Taylor's death. That investigation culminated in a grand jury ruling that did not charge any of the officers in her death. The no-knock warrant used at Taylor's home and how it was obtained were not part of Cameron's investigation, but a federal probe of that process is ongoing.

The no-knock warrant used to enter Taylor's home was obtained by a police detective who later acknowledged he did not confirm with postal officials whether a suspected drug dealer was having packages sent to Taylor's home. No-knock warrants, which allow officers to burst into a home without announcing, have since been banned by Louisville's Metro Council in a law named for Taylor.

Taylor was killed by officers who fired 32 rounds into her home after Taylor's boyfriend fired a shot at them. Taylor's boyfriend said he thought an intruder was breaking in. No drugs were found in her home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Breonna Taylor Art Installation
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the goal of a task force created after the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor was "to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the search warrant process." Above, protesters and volunteers prepare a Breonna Taylor art installation by laying posters and flowers before the Praise in the Park event at the Big Four Lawn on June 5 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jon Cherry/Getty Images