Minneapolis's Forgotten No-Knock Tragedy
Nov 9, 2020 —
On January 25, 1989, Lillian Weiss and Lloyd Smalley, two African American elders, were killed by smoke inhalation when the Minneapolis Police Department set their home on fire with a flash-bang grenade while executing a no-knock raid on their home. The information justifying the no-knock warrant turned out to be incorrect, as no drugs, guns, or any other sign of criminal activity were found. (Brunswick, Mark. “Retracing the raid – Survivors, police file offer clues on what went awry that fatal night,” Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities, March 19, 1989: 01A.)
Last week, the state of Virginia abolished the use of no-knock warrants. The fact that no-knock warrants are still permitted in Minneapolis and Minnesota in general is a travesty to the memory of Lillian Weiss and Lloyd Smalley. A ban on no-knock warrants in Minneapolis would be a crucial step for Minnesota. Therefore, we ask YOU to continue supporting Knock First Minnesota by contacting Mayor Frey's office requesting an end to no-knock warrant use in Minneapolis.
Thank you for your support,
Knock First Minnesota
P.S. Thank you to Minneapolis City Council members Andrea Jenkins and Jamal Osman for meeting with us. We look forward to working with you and others to ensure all Minnesotans have the chance to answer the door.
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