This is an excerpt from the chapter "What the War on Drugs Became."
This segment of the chapter deals with no-knock warrants of the type that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor was killed in a poorly executed no-knock warrant, narcotics raid. Police officers were searching her home for her boyfriend's drugs not knowing that she: a) had a new boyfriend, b) that she was home with her new boyfriend, c) that a simultaneous arrest of her former boyfriend was being conducted by SWAT. The police didn't follow proper procedures or wear body cameras and killed Breonna Taylor in a raid where no drugs were found. The SWAT team followed procedures, wore body cameras, and arrested her former boyfriend without bloodshed.
No-Knock Warrants/SWAT Teams
Here a quote from the Baker institute that describes the drug war’s use of no-knock warrant’s:
“In the context of our current civil unrest, the drug war’s normalization of aggressive policing within a system already mired in institutional racism has increased the frequency of interactions between citizens and police that have the potential to turn hostile or violent.
Breonna Taylor was killed on March 13 when Louisville police executed a no-knock warrant on her home. The warrant was based on detectives’ belief that Taylor’s boyfriend was using her address to receive packages containing drugs…
A popular tactic for surprising suspects, no-knock searches are often led by SWAT teams armed with military-grade weapons. Unsurprisingly, they carry a high risk for deadly violence. A New York Times investigation found that between 2010 and 2016 at least 81 civilians, half of whom were people of color, and 13 officers, were killed during the execution of such warrants. In response to the fatal incidents in their cities, Louisville suspended and Houston largely ended the use of no-knock raids, but most jurisdictions still allow them.”
Other book quotes on Breonna Taylor:
"On March 13th Breonna Taylor was shot eight times as police with a 'no-knock' warrant fired over 20 shots into her home as part of a drug search…. Though one of the officers was fired for 'extreme violations’ of the department’s policies,’ there still have been no charges filed against the officers."
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