Raid re­vives de­bate in GA over ‘no-knock’ war­rants

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal said Thurs­day he’s open to dis­cussing whether leg­isla­tive changes are nec­es­sary re­gard­ing “no-knock” war­rants, but wants to see first the re­sults of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a re­cent case in­volv­ing a Ge­or­gia tod­dler hurt in a po­lice raid.

The de­bate over “no­knock” war­rants is not new. There was a bi­par­ti­san ef­fort by law­mak­ers in 2007 to tighten rules for such war­rants, which are in­tended to pro­tect of­fi­cers from dan­ger­ous sus­pects while pre­vent­ing ev­i­dence tam­per­ing. The ef­fort, which failed, was prompted by a 2006 case in which an el­derly At­lanta woman was killed in a shootout with po­lice while they were ex­e­cut­ing a “no-knock” war­rant at her home.

“It would be one of those things that I would be open to if there is suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to in­di­cate that it needs to be re­vis­ited and more ap­pro­pri­ate stan­dards and re­quire­ments put in place,” Deal said, adding he would want to make sure the law en­force­ment com­mu­nity was in­volved in any dis­cus­sion on the is­sue.

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