No-Knock Warrants

No-Knock Warrants

As Americans, we enjoy the privilege of privacy in our home and freedom from unreasonable government invasion. In theory. However, in the Breonna Taylor case, a Circuit Court judge signed a no-knock warrant permitting police to enter without announcing and identifying themselves as law enforcement officers. In light of the tragic and horrendous events surrounding the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Michael Santana, Anthony Diotaiuto, Marcus Cass, and many others, the Center for Justice Research supports a national ban of no-knock search warrant procedures.

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No-Knock Warrants
No-Knock Warrants

Key Observations

  • The use of no-knocks has evolved and expanded over the past 25 years, implicitly redefining Americans’ 4th Amendment protection against unlawful government interference. 
  • It is estimated that each year 20,000 to 80,000 no-knock warrants are served across the nation.
  • 92% of narcotic’s unit no-knock warrant requests were approved between 2016-2018. 
  • 67% of respondents believe that no-knock raids are more dangerous for everyone involved—police officers, occupants, and bystanders.
  • A majority of Americans agree that banning no-knock warrants increases community safety, and it is now up to policymakers to take action to ban this dangerous practice.
No-Knock Warrants

Recommendations

The CJR Solution: We stand firmly in support of state and federal level measures that ban no-knock warrants. As state, local, and federal lawmakers, mayors, law enforcement, and other important stakeholders consider advancing police reform in their jurisdictions, CJR recommends the following: 

  • Permanent bans on no-knock search warrants. 

  • Training for police departments on the impact of surprise or no-knock entry tactics for citizens. 
  • Practical police training that informs police officers to adequately recognize and respond with appropriate force to avoid unlawful or unnecessary killings of unarmed citizens upon immediate entry. 
No-Knock Warrants
No-Knock Warrants

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