End "no knock" warrants in Maine

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We are asking for the State of Maine to eliminate the use of "no knock" warrants in remembrance of Breonna Taylor. One mistake, is one too many. 

The following was published on June 3, 2020 by the Chief Jack Peck, President
Maine Chiefs of Police Association; Sheriff Troy Morton, President
Maine Sheriffs Association; and Michael Sauschuck, Commissioner
Maine Department of Public Safety:

"No Knock" warrants are court orders directing law enforcement to search a specific
location for specific evidence of a crime or for people subject to arrest. These court orders are issued only upon a sworn affidavit that is previously reviewed by a prosecutor, and a precise description of special circumstances that justify an unannounced entry by law enforcement. Such circumstances are primarily limited to facts supporting the likelihood of evidence destruction, imminent escape, or, most importantly, the imminence of suspects using force to repel entry by law enforcement. While “no knock” warrants were commonly issued in drug investigations in the 1980's and 1990's, Maine law enforcement has steadily moved away from seeking such warrants. For example, specially trained warrant service teams in Maine rarely undertake the service of "no knock" warrants for drug or other crimes, absent a substantiated threat to the safety of third parties, such as hostage situations, active shooters, or armed suspects.


For more information, read "End No Knock Raids" from The Justice Collaborative Institute