Protecting Your Rights: No Knock Warrant Lawyers
No-knock warrants have become increasingly controversial for various reasons over the last several years. Issued by a judge, this type of search warrant allows law enforcement to enter a home or building without immediate prior notification of the residents and is issued under the belief that destruction of evidence may occur prior to police officers or a SWAT team entering the property, or due to concerns that an imminent threat to law enforcement may exist on the property.
No-knock warrants and high-risk situations
While these are high-risk situations for members of law enforcement agencies, we have unfortunately seen examples of individual' civil rights and Fourth Amendment rights being grossly violated, often times when the individual is posing no imminent threat to police officers. Data from an ACLU study shows that 42 percent of the households raided with search warrants had Black occupants, but only 12 percent of the United States population is Black. The same report indicated that 36 percent of the raids resulted in absolutely nothing being found. Clearly there is a problem that crying out for reform.
No-knock raids that have turned tragic have made headlines across the country, from the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky to incidents that have ranged from insulting to injurious in Chicago, New York and elsewhere.
Advocacy and civil rights
Our legal team is proud to join Attorney Ben Crump in co-representing the family of 22- year-old Amir Locke, who was killed during the service of a no-knock warrant in Minneapolis in February of 2022. Locke, who had no criminal record and was not named in the warrant, was asleep on the couch when he was awoken by the no-knock raid and ultimately was shot and killed by police.
The family of Amir Locke is working closely with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others to encourage federal and state lawmakers to ban or significantly restrict the use of no-knock search warrants by law enforcement officers. In April of 2021, Kentucky signed Breonna's Law, which limits the use of no-knock raids. In March of 2022, a federal bill called the Amir Locke End Deadly No-knock Raids was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives, while similar legislation has been proposed in Minnesota.
The Romanucci & Blandin team, along with our clients, advocates strongly for reform in the use of no-knock warrants by law enforcement, whether it be a moratorium on their use or significant restrictions on when they can be used. Every no-knock entry is a high-risk situation and we see too often when they result in injury or death along with property damage, and further erode trust in the police by the community. The reduction of no-knock warrants and the gathering of dependable data and details about them are important topics of conversation with law enforcement leaders, community advocates, as well as each state’s attorney general and the Supreme Court.
Your no-knock warrant claim
Our team of civil rights lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin knows first had how one search warrant is invasive and can cause irreparable harm to an individual or family. The number of no-knock warrants conducted throughout the country has increased dramatically over the years, bringing into question the exigent circumstances that they are being issued and whether or not law enforcement is being trained properly to handle the split-second decisions that often accompany each police raid.
The bottom line is that public safety and the sanctity of human life should always remain at the forefront of actions taken by police officers when they execute a no-knock warrant. Romanucci & Blandin's police misconduct and civil rights team has experience and success in handling cases where safety has not been prioritized and works to bring justice to those involved.
Free Consultation on your case by Chicago-based no-knock warrant lawyers
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In the News
- WTTW, August 22, 2023
- Chicago Tribune, August 10, 2023
- WTTW, July 31, 2023
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- WCCO - CBS, April 26, 2023
- The Star Tribune, March 31, 2023
- KSTP, March 16, 2023
- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , March 3, 2023
- WCCO News Talk 830, February 9, 2023
- ‘Will Not be Swept Under the Rug’: One Year Later, Amir Locke’s Parents Sues Minneapolis, Cops After No-Knock Raids Ends In His DeathAtlanta Black Star, February 5, 2023
- KSTP, February 3, 2023
- ABC News, February 3, 2023
- Crain's Chicago Business, February 3, 2023
- ‘He was 22’: A year later, Amir Locke’s parents reflect on son’s death at the hands of Minneapolis policeKSTP, February 1, 2023
- PBS NewsHour, January 12, 2023
- House Committee on the Judiciary , June 9, 2022
- KTSP-5, May 26, 2022
- Minneapolis police 'engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination,' Minnesota human rights department saysCNN, April 27, 2022
- Daily Kos, April 27, 2022
- Full Report: Minneapolis Department of Human Rights investigation into the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police DepartmentMinneapolis Department of Human Rights , April 27, 2022
- ABC News , April 27, 2022
- ABC Nightline, April 14, 2022
- Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 11, 2022
- The Chicago Crusader, April 11, 2022
- Newsweek, April 6, 2022
- Star Tribune, April 6, 2022
- NBC News, April 6, 2022
- AP News, March 14, 2022
- KARE 11, March 1, 2022
- The Minnesota Daily, February 28, 2022
- CNN, February 18, 2022
- KTSP 5, February 16, 2022
- 1430 WCMY, February 8, 2022
- ABC News, February 8, 2022
- Minneapolis Policy & Government Oversight Committee, February 7, 2022
- Amir Locke was respectful and curious, parents say: 'My heart ripped out of my body' to see shootingStar Tribune, February 4, 2022
- KTSP 5, February 4, 2022
- Newsweek, February 4, 2022
- Statement from Amir Locke legal team on Minnesota legislature passing Judicial and Public Safety Bill SF2909May 16, 2023
- Statement by Civil Rights Attorneys Ben Crump, Antonio Romanucci and Jeff Storms on the March 31, 2023 agreement on police reform in MinneapolisMarch 31, 2023
- March 16, 2023
- Rep. Ilhan Omar to Host Andre Locke Sr., Father of Amir Locke, as State of the Union Guest, Reintroduce the Amir Locke End Deadly No Knock Warrants ActFebruary 6, 2023
- Attorneys Ben Crump, Antonio Romanucci, and Jeff Storms File Civil Lawsuit for Police Shooting Death of Amir LockeFebruary 3, 2023
- December 9, 2022
- National Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, George Floyd Family, and Legal Team Hail Biden Executive Order on Police Reform, Urge President to Keep Pressure OnMay 25, 2022
- George Floyd and Amir Locke Legal Team Releases Statement on Finding of Race Discrimination Pattern and Practice by the City of Minneapolis and Police DepartmentApril 27, 2022
- Legal Team Representing the Family of Amir Locke Releases Statement on No Criminal Charges Being Filed Against Officer in His DeathApril 6, 2022
- Legal Team for Family of Amir Locke Responds to the Proposed Ban of No-Knock Warrants by the City of MinneapolisMarch 14, 2022
- Legal Team for Family of Amir Locke Releases Statement on “Amir Locke End Deadly No-Knock Warrants Act”March 1, 2022
- Legal Team for Family of Amir Locke Provides Update on Investigation Into Police Killing of Amir LockeFebruary 16, 2022
- February 8, 2022
- Legal Team for Family of Amir Locke Releases Statement Following Revelation That Minneapolis PD Insisted on No-Knock RaidFebruary 4, 2022
- Authored by Benjamin Crump and Antonio M. Romanucci, April 4, 2022