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No more excuses. The drug war killed Breonna Taylor.

Drug Policy Alliance

On March 13th, 2020, Breonna Taylor was killed in her home by police officers during a no-knock raid. Her death prompted national attention and outrage as yet another illustrative case of racist and violent police tactics that have taken far too many Black lives, including those of Black women who are both primary targets of the war on drugs and caught in the crossfire when members of their families and communities are targeted. The drug war — and the legal precedents that enable it — is the primary reason for Breonna’s tragic death.

1995 case Wilson v. Arkansas allowed officers to not announce themselves while executing a warrant.

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