On March 13, police in Louisville, Kentucky executed a “no-knock” raid on a suspected drug house. Without announcing their presence, police dressed in “plain clothes” broke down the door in the middle of the night and entered the home. A warrant specifically authorizing this mode of entry had been issued by the local judge, at the insistence of police, because it was feared that the suspects would destroy evidence if police identified themselves. But because they didn’t knock and announce their presence, one of the residents, Kenneth Walker, mistakenly perceived that some men had broken into his home in the…

Jay Rodriguez

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