Washington, DC-- In response to news that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed 'Breonna’s Law,' House Bill 5099), which would prohibit no-knock search warrants, President For the American Way Ben Jealous released the following statement:
“Today, we are encouraged that a progressive Virginia legislature passed ‘Breonna’s Law,’ named after 26-year-old Breonna Taylor who was murdered in her own home by police serving a no-knock warrant. Virginia is now one of three states to ban no-knock warrants, moving our nation one step closer to the just, equitable reforms we need to stop police violence and hold police accountable for their misconduct. No legislation can bring Breonna back, but it remains vitally important that we continue to press forward in her honor to ensure that police violence against unarmed civilians is brought to an end, and that the lives lost to police violence are not in vain. Because we believe in justice and fairness for all Americans, we must continue demanding the changes that are needed for substantive police reforms at the federal, state and local level. Our work is far from done but today we have made a critical step forward in pursuit of justice.”
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People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org.