Research Mandates Working Group finalizes recommendations for General Assembly to consider

Attorney General Cameron and his task force highlight, review and make new additions to the recommendation.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – After months of study, Attorney General Cameron’s Search Warrants Task Force finalized ideas to make Kentucky search warrants safer and more effective. Originally, Cameron set up the task force earlier this year following the death of Breonna Taylor in March 2020. She was shot and killed by Louisville Police who were serving a search warrant without knocking.

On Thursday, a group of law enforcement officials, citizens and legal experts made adjustments and additions to several of the task force’s recommendations in Frankfurt. Recommendations ranged from requiring more training on search warrants at the start of each officer’s career through every year to notification of child protection services prior to a search warrant. . Law enforcement officials who participated in the process agreed that now is the time to make those adjustments.

“I think it will help, I think it should help and I hope it helps and that’s fair,” said Sheriff Walt Sholar of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office.

Throughout the afternoon, the task force reviewed the state search warrant process. After a few hours of in-depth reading and some recommendations, the group highlighted, added, and even deleted some terms from the document. Those who attended the meeting, like Denise Bentley, told ABC 36 News that one of the important things she took away from her presence was that a system cannot be unique.

“What may work in Louisville or Lexington may not work in these smaller areas and therefore finding a happy medium so that we can still protect the public and protect the police is a difficult task,” says Bentley.

After a few hours, the task force put the recommendations to rest for the night. But group members say the job is far from over.

“We need to make sure that this information gets to the General Assembly and that the Supreme Court and the Courts Administration Office could also help in terms of data collection,” Attorney General Danielle Cameron said.

Those who have had their say tell ABC 36 News that they hope the work they have been doing will change for the better.

“We’re hoping here in the Commonwealth that we can clean up some of the mess and move in the right direction to keep everyone safe,” Bentley adds.

Attorney General Cameron said a new version of the document would be available to the public this week.

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