In the spirit of remembering Tracy I’d like to share some quick info about no knock raids.
So here are five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about no knock raids.
- Police around the country are given the go ahead on more than 20,000 raids per year. This completely defeats the initial purpose which was that these raids be used in the most extreme situations.
- Judges routinely approve these with one signature and do so more often than they decline them. This give local police the authority to pretty much do whatever they want. Judges whom are supposed to represent the publics best interest are not. No surprise there.
- The majority of no knock raids were used to execute a search warrant, almost always in the case of a drug investigation. Less than 10% of the time were they used in hostage situations or active shooter situations. Which was one of the original designs of the no knock raid.
- A strikingly low percentage of the time the raids actually yielded any drugs or contraband. Proving that they are not used appropriately.
- At least 10% of the time the raid actually occurs at the wrong address. This could have serious consequences. For example, image you are a law abiding citizen and you have a legal firearm. In the early morning say 3 a.m. boom your door is smashed in and all hell breaks loose you are woken abruptly triggering a natural fight or flight response. Well if you have a firearm handy your instinct would be to grab it and be ready to defend yourself. You can imagine how the rest plays out.
To be fair the police and local authorities are doing their best to investigate and prosecute those whom are committing crimes and making our communities unsafe but at what cost?
Seems like there is collateral damage either way. Would you rather have a somewhat safer community or a dangerous one?
So many deep systemic problems in the U.S. and it’s difficult to fix because by doing one thing you have a drastic impact on many others.
What do you think? Are no knock raids excessive use of force or a necessary tool for local authorities to be effective?