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IPFS News Link • Police State

Cops weren't given enough notice that police tactics used for decades are unconstitutional

•, By Radley Balko

Here are the facts:

On July 19, 2010, a special agent with the Narcotics Unit of Clayton County, Georgia, obtained a warrant to search Jason Ward's apartment. The application for the warrant stated that a confidential informant had observed a "small quantity of a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana" in the possession of Ward. The application also stated that Ward had several arrests for possession of marijuana, sold narcotics from his apartment, and was known to carry a silver nine-millimeter handgun. The application sought a "no-knock" provision because "drug dealers commonly utilize weapons, dogs, and barricades to hinder law enforcement in the execution of their duties." A magistrate judge approved the no-knock provision. …