Skip to comments.Police Killing of Breonna Taylor Fuels Calls to End No-Knock Warrants
Posted on 05/24/2020 2:05:54 PM PDT by Theoria
Growing outcry over the police killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency-room technician, in her Louisville, Ky., home is stoking calls to end the use of no-knock warrants like the one officers secured to raid her apartment.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday it was opening an investigation into Ms. Taylors death. The same day the Louisville police chief, Steve Conrad, said he would retire. Earlier this month Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear urged state and federal investigators to review the Louisville Metro Police Departments internal investigation of the shooting.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, both Kentucky Republicans, are calling for the elimination of no-knock warrants, which allow police to storm a residence without first announcing their presence.
The warrants have generated controversy in the U.S. for years, and some police departments have discontinued or restricted their use after raids went awry.
Together with the February killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man shot and killed in southeastern Georgia, the case has focused attention on issues of race and law enforcement.
Ms. Taylor was asleep in bed with her boyfriend, 27-year-old Kenneth Walker, when three plainclothes police officers broke through her apartments front door early in the morning on March 13, according to a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by her family against the officers. Investigators said an alleged drug dealer they were pursuing had received packages at Ms. Taylors home, according to a search warrant affidavit.
Attorneys for Ms. Taylors family said police burst in without warning, leading the couple to believe they were intruders. Police said that although officers had a no-knock warrant, they still knocked several times and announced themselves.
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Until body camera evidence emerges its safe to assume the cops are lying.
Fine with me.
No knock warrants are a license to kill. Plainclothes no less. How is ANYBODY supposed to not assume that’s bad guys?
Cant imagine its ever a good idea to bust someones door down with guns out. Its not safe for the cops or the people inside.
Every no-knock should send two roid rage swat tards home in a box. F Them.
I would assume this is an issue both liberals and conservatives could agree on ...which means it will go no where
The constitution call for an immediate end to no knock warrants.
Her poor family has to deal with that loss.
Not that it should matter, but every photo I see of her, she looks like someone who enjoyed life. That seems to make it a worse crime.
Behind a paywall. Dumb questions:
Did the police find the “evidence” they were looking for in the course of the raid?
Did the police at least break into the right house? (Half the time it seems the police broke into the wrong address.)
There may, perhaps, be cases where a no-knock warrant is appropriate. The actual number of such entries is far larger than the likely number of appropriate uses of that method.
Check out the killing of a Houston couple by the police in a no-knock raid. Raid was based on false information actually provided by the police who led the raid.
Nothing found. Right House.
Why is this case a federal issue?
There may, perhaps, be cases where a no-knock warrant is appropriate.”
Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger etc but probably not Capone. That sort of thing.
Smells like BS ... why would they go to the trouble of getting a no-knock warrant, and then knock?
Conservatives should be leading the charge on this issue as no knock warrants are Unconstitutional and Government overreach! I am still innocent until proven guilty in America. I can tell you personally, if you start pushing in my door then there is lead coming down range!
Very few reasons to go all SWAT on a suspect(s) unless it is a true life or death situation.
Yeah, it's pretty much a recipe for SOMEONE to get killed.
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