In wake of Breonna Taylor’s death, Philly police make a change to how they will serve warrants

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Police Department has changed how they issue no-knock warrants in light of the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Anytime a Philadelphia police officer executes an arrest warrant, they must first announce themselves, which has been the policy.

But as of Sept. 1, the department has gone a step further, adding that only SWAT can serve a no-knock warrant because they are tactically trained and are armored for gunfire.

No-knock warrants are rare in Philadelphia and are only used when investigators believe an officer’s safety is at risk.

Judges must sign off on all warrants served.

Kentucky’s attorney general said they have a neighbor who heard the police announce themselves and knock on Breonna Taylor’s apartment door. Taylor’s boyfriend, who was inside the home, has said he only heard a bang, but no announcement of police before he fired his gun.