In the name of the drug war, government law enforcement agents have escalated their use of violent and unreasonable tactics. In recent decades it has become far too common for police to enter homes in rapid military-style raids using explosive devices, chemical agents, high-powered assault rifles, often wearing military-style body armor, with such raids often occurring late at night or in the early morning.
Sometimes police enter with warrants specifically allowing police to break into the location without knocking (“no-knock warrants”), while at other times officers enter virtually immediately after giving a brief, pretextual knock (“quick-knock raids”). 2 Such raids have become routine by narcotics teams pursuing drug evidence.
To protect people in their homes and give meaning to the founders’ intent to protect against government overreach, Congress, states and local governments must enact comprehensive limits to how police execute search warrants.