Black faith leaders once again call for permanent ban of no-knock warrants in Lexington

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Black faith leaders in Lexington are calling on council members to vote in favor of a ban on no knock warrants. More details at noon and later.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Black faith leaders in Lexington continue to call on city leaders to permanently ban no-knock warrants.

Their new calls for change come as the urban city council is expected to vote on the new ordinance Tuesday afternoon.

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In May, the council planning and public safety committee passed a draft ordinance, which the full council will vote on Tuesday. Black faith leaders hope the council will vote to ban no-knock warrants without exceptions.

They also hope council members will change one of the provisions regarding regular search warrants. It states officers should wait a reasonable amount of time before entering premises. But Black faith leaders feel officers should wait at least 15 seconds.

Following Tuesday’s press conference, the clergy marched to city hall where they gave council members a copy of their letter calling for change.

The Black faith leaders have criticized Mayor Linda Gorton and Police Chief Lawrence Weathers for their continuous support of no-knock warrants. They handed the mayor some copies of their letter as well.

The Black faith leaders will meet at Shiloh Baptist Church to wait on the council work session that starts at 3 Tuesday afternoon. Council members will vote on whether to place the ban on no-knock warrants on the Thursday meeting’s agenda.

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