LEXINGTON, KY. (LEX 18) – A year after Breonna Taylor’s death, Kentucky lawmakers have limited, but not banned, the use of non-striking warrants. This is why the Black Faith Leaders of Lexington and Vicinity (BFLLV) and their supporters are lobbying at the local level.
On April 15, the BFLLV called on Mayor Linda Gorton and City Council to take immediate action within 30 days to pass an ordinance permanently banning the use of no-cut warrants, without exception.
Now that the schedule is up, they are calling on Mayor Gorton to take action.
Mayor Gorton recently reaffirmed her position that she is still unwilling to move beyond the moratorium she put in place almost a year ago.
Pastor David Peoples said on behalf of BFLLV that Mayor Gorton’s position “does not appear to be affected by citizens who have shouted at him to lead Lexington to a permanent ban.”
In a statement to WLEX, Mayor Gorton said the following:
“In deciding to impose a moratorium on no-return warrants in June, I have listened to citizens on all sides of this issue, and I have listened to our police… and I continue to listen to the ongoing debate . In Lexington, a warrant of no return covers life and death situations. These mandates are rare, and they can be misunderstood. Our leader has said that there are times and situations when no-cut warrants offer more protection to police and citizens because they involve violent situations, and he has expressed concern over their elimination. complete. I understand how difficult this decision is for Council members as they hear many different voices in our community. “
But that hasn’t stopped those leaders from letting him know the moratorium doesn’t go far enough.
“The lack of will to support an ordinance certainly gives the impression that very little has really changed, and that there is a lack of commitment to this reform and other needed police reforms,” he said. said Peoples.
The urban county government appears to be in favor. The draft ordinance was adopted by the planning and public security committee unanimously. If the ordinance leaves the full council, it will still need the mayor’s signature. As we move into another summer, BFLLV promises to continue to amplify the problem.
“We will enlighten over 48,000 Black Lexingtonians and all Lexingtonians who seek progressive police reform that Mayor Gorton and the members of the council we elected truly represent our interests in this matter, it could quickly and easily become a matter of life. and death in our community, ”said Peoples.
They are calling on their supporters to email and call the mayor’s office.
No-strike warrants are rarely used in Lexington and have traditionally required a judge’s signature. The county city council is expected to pass the ordinance in early June.