Black faith leaders criticize ‘divisive rhetoric’ amid no-knock warrant discussions

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Black faith leaders discuss banning no-knock warrants in Lexington(WDKY)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Black faith leaders are responding to comments by the Fraternal Order of Police regarding no-knock warrants.

An ordinance that would ban police from executing no-knock warrants passed a council work session Tuesday with a 9-6 vote.

Mayor Linda Gorton and Police Chief Lawrence Weathers have said those who oppose no-knock warrants have a misunderstanding of what they entail.

But Black faith leaders said they do understand the warrants and that they disproportionately impact minorities in a negative way.

The group also criticized the FOP.

Fraternal Order of Police Bluegrass Lodge 4 posted on Facebook that banning no-knock warrants would increase crime in Lexington. The post also criticized council members and members of the community who support the ban.

“For the record, we are not the enemies of Lexington police,” said Rev. Clark Williams, associate pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church. “For the record, nobody wants Lexington to be safe for everybody any more than we do. But this form of misinformation and divisive rhetoric has no place in the legislative process, and it further demonstrates why we need a permanent ban on no-knock warrants.”

WDKY is reaching out to the FOP for comment.

The ordinance is expected to receive its first reading at Thursday’s council meeting which is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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