Ilhan Omar Unveils Law to Stop No-Knock Search Warrants

Ilhan Omar Unveils Law to Stop No-Knock Search Warrants

( – Amir Locke died when Minneapolis police executed a no-knock warrant and shot him as he sat up, startled awake, on his couch. He was holding a gun. Some Congress members shared in the outcries from his family over the use of this type of warrant, leading to a new bill proposal.

On March 1, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced the Amir Locke End Deadly No-Knock Warrants Act. The legislation would limit no-knock, nighttime and quick-knock warrants in drug-related investigations. It also seeks to ban the use of chemical weapons, military-grade firearms, and explosive devices during the execution of most warrants. Omar said the bill must pass to prevent the too-often tragic loss of life and senseless property destruction from unrestrained police actions.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey already placed a temporary ban on no-knock warrants, but Omar’s legislation seeks something more permanent and applicable across the country.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in the February 7 press briefing that the president agrees with the reforms. She pointed to the Department of Justice changes that already limit no-knock warrants, requiring agents to knock and announce their presence before entering a dwelling.

Locke’s family responded in support of Omar’s proposed legislation, which they say might prevent other people from suffering these types of senseless losses.

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