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No Knock Warrants – Are they worth the risk? Should they go away?

Legal and law enforcement experts discuss how we got to this point with no-knock warrants and where we go from here.

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People march at a rally for Amir Locke on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Minneapolis. Hundreds of filled the streets of downtown Minneapolis after body cam footage released by the Minneapolis Police Department showed an officer shoot and kill Locke during a no-knock warrant.

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In Minnesota recently, Amir Locke became another high-profile victim of a no-knock warrant as he was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer while lying on his couch at home.

Some say no-knock warrants are a much-needed tool in fighting crime and drugs in our community. Others are strongly opposed – saying they are a "death warrant" recklessly carried out without regard to life or liberty.

Either way, there is no denying that the media is filled with stories of these raids going wrong, with civilians and officers alike being caught in the crossfire.

So, what is to be done?

How did we historically get to this point?

Where does the state of Texas stand on these warrants?

In this conversation, we take listener calls and our experts help us take a deep dive into no-knock warrants to get a better understanding of this practice – why we have it, how it is being used, and should this practice be ended.

GUESTS:

Njeri Mathis Rutledge

  • Professor at South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Opinion Columnist for USA Today

DeAndre’ Hutchison

Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk.

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