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Search Warrant Task Force Meets For The First Time

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A task force examining ways to improve the way the state handles search warrants is meeting for the first time Monday.

Formed by the state's Republican attorney general, Daniel Cameron, the 18-member panel includes representation from law enforcement, the NAACP, judges, attorneys, and three citizens appointed to the task force.

The goal is to take a closer look at the process for securing, reviewing, and executing search warrants -- a practice that's come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the killing of Breonna Taylor more than a year ago.

University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe, a member of the task force, said he sees the group's mission as "developing a best practice model for the state that safe, fair, and acceptable to everyone" and taking "a closer review of those search warrants when they're presented."

Cameron himself has received criticism for his handling of the Taylor case, with grand jurors charging that he misled them. The attorney general has said his office made the appropriate recommendations based on the facts.

The search warrant task force is set to wrap up its work and hand over recommendations by the end of 2021 at the latest.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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