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Louisville suspends no-knock warrants

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/01/20, 12:05 pm

Police in Louisville, Ky., will stop entering homes to search them without first notifying the residents, at least for now. Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday announced the city’s police department would indefinitely suspend its use of so-called no-knock warrants. The department had already changed the rules once to require the police chief to sign off on no-knock requests before they went to a judge for approval.

What prompted the suspension? Louisville police officers executing a no-knock warrant in a drug case shot and killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an unarmed African American woman, in March. Police said they announced themselves as they entered the home. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said they did not and he thought it was a home invasion. He allegedly fired a shot at them. The officers opened fire, killing Taylor. Her death and the practice of no-knock warrants have become a flashpoint during protests in Kentucky following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.

Dig deeper: Read Sharon Dierberger’s report on how Floyd ended up in Minneapolis.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 04:11 pm

    [ring...  ring...]  "Hello?"

    "Hi, this is your local police.  We are coming over to your house in an hour to look for drugs, stolen property, and illegal guns."

    "OK, thanks." [click]

    "Hey, honey, cops will be here in an hour. Run those guns and TV sets and our meth over to your sister's, please."

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 10:00 pm

    Old Mike: Anything for a laugh? You're being facetious?

    A better scenario would be this one:

    Knock Knock.

    Yes. Who is it?


    What do you want?

    We have a warrant to search the premises. Please open the door and let us in.

    [Door opens] May I see the warrant?

    [Holds it up for inspection.]

    Hey, you guys are at the wrong address. The warrant says #xxx. This house is #AAA. No, you can't come in.

    Oh my gosh! They're right! We made a mistake; we're at the wrong address.

    Outcome of NO Knock: The residents think they're being burglarized by people breaking in. Of course, being 2nd amendment people, they reached for their guns when the men broke the door and forced entry without knocking. Police thought they were being attacked, and opened fire. Breonna Taylor, a completely innocent bystander in her own home, is shot and killed.

    Outcome of Knock First (which is the NORMAL procedure), the police knock, show their warrant, enter, and either find what they were looking for or they don't. There was no opportunity for hiding the goods, since the police showed up at the door, knocked, showed their warrant, and then entered.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 06/02/2020 06:16 pm

    Haha. Yeah a real laughing matter. 

    Don't you know what sound the police always hear when they KNOCK with a search warrant for drugs?

    The toilet, flushing repeatedly.  No opportunity for hiding the goods?  Good joke, Ma'am!