Statement from VACP President Regarding "Breonna's Law"

The VACP remains concerned with aspects of HB 5099, colloquially known as "Breonna's Law," that we feel will endanger Virginia law enforcement officers executing search warrants. The VACP is committed to addressing this legislation again during the 2021 GA Session.
VACP President Chief Maggie DeBoard (Herndon) has issued the following statement on behalf of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police:

"Today, Governor Northam has announced the ceremonial signing of 'Breonna's Law,' prohibiting the use of no-knock search warrants in Virginia. While we continue to disagree with the elimination of this tactic in all circumstances, we remain critically concerned regarding additional changes made in this bill which will place our law enforcement officers and our community in significantly greater danger.

"We have worked diligently with legislators over the past several months, proposing reasonable amendments that would increase the accountability on law enforcement officers during the search warrant process but eliminate the requirements that would cause critical delays in service when time is of the essence. These proposals have largely been ignored. Our citizens and our law enforcement officers deserve better. We hope to work with the General Assembly to make these critical adjustments in the 2021 session."


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