Rep. Omar introduces bill to restrict no-knock warrants
The death of a young man in Minneapolis has spurred a bill seeking to restrict the use of no-knock warrants from coast to coast.
On Tuesday Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced the Amir Locke End Deadly No-Knock Warrants Act, which bans quick-knock warrants, all nighttime warrants, as well as the use of flash-bang stun grenades, other explosive devices, chemical weapons or any military-grade firearms.
The bill also calls for establishing strict limitations on the use of no-knock warrants in drug-related investigations.
"Far too often, no-knock warrants and raids have severe and deadly consequences, resulting in property damage, trauma, and death,” Rep. Omar said in a released statement. “It is unconscionable that no-knock warrants continue to be in effect with little to no restrictions, regulations, and regard for the impact on lives. These preventable tragedies result in mistrust and leave behind deep wounds for families and communities that have a long history of aggressive over-policing."