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Last updated March 5, 2020
No knock warrants
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law eliminating the use of no-knock warrants. Locally, Louisville has passed "Breonna's Law" and banned no-knock warrants.
Pending Legislation: HB 21, introduced in January 2021, institutes multiple police accountability measures including banning no-knock warrants.
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law ending its participation in programs that facilitate the transfer of military weapons from the federal government to police departments.
Pending Legislation: HB 244, introduced in January 2021, prohibits the purchase of drones, grenades, silencers, and militarized armed vehicles. It also requires that law enforcement agencies publish a notice of any request to purchase surplus military equipment.
Military style training
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law refocusing training away from self-defense responses and towards community centered training like that offered by Blue Courage.
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law requiring the recording and cataloging of SWAT team use.
Civil asset forfeiture
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law ending civil asset forfeiture. More than twice as many agencies disclosed how much cash and property they seized in 2018 than in 2016, but the state continues to retain up to 100% of seizure profits.
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law ending quotas for low-level arrests.
Cost of misconduct
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law requiring police departments (not state general funds) to cover the cost of misconduct.
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law decriminalizing minor offenses that do not threaten public safety such as spitting and loitering.
Objective justification for stops
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law requiring officers to establish objective justification for making a stop (i.e. not simply for furtive movement, suspicious activity, or matching a generalized description).
Reporting stop details
The Kentucky State Police release an annual Crime Report, with crimes broken down by age, gender, and race. However, the report does not address the intersections of those categories (i.e. white male vs black male).
Reckless civil rights violation
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law lowering the prosecution requirement from ‘willful’ to ‘reckless’ deprivation of another’s rights.
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law institutionalizing an independent prosecutor within the state’s Department of Justice for instances of police misconduct. In the case of Breonna Taylor, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) asked the Attorney General to serve as an independent prosecutor, but the process of assigning a prosecutor outside of the local jurisdiction is not institutionalized.
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law ending qualified immunity. The case involving the shooting of Breonna Taylor was initially thrown out of court because the officers actions were protected by qualified immunity.
Mental health response
Kentucky has not yet enacted a law creating and funding a mental health task force available to respond to crisis calls (in lieu of police). Several departments across the state have partnered with Crisis Intervention Teams to encourage mental health training and discourage sending mentally ill individuals to jail. Locally, as part of the Breonna Taylor settlement, Louisville committed to integrate social workers to support and assist officers on dispatch runs.
Education, Housing, Community Health Resources
It is important to note that policing does not address the roots of social disadvantage and barriers to (economic) opportunity that often lead to crime. Nor should police be burdened with that responsibility.
Without access to quality resources in healthcare, education, and housing, our cities, neighborhoods, and families will continue to suffer. We should instead reassess the budgets of the state government and reinvest in the services that matter most.
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