End No Knock Warrants

72 petitions

Update posted 12 months ago

Petition to Phil Murphy, New Jersey State House, New Jersey Governor, New Jersey State Senate

Ban No-Knock Warrants in NJ

*If you're considering a donation to this petition, please remember that your money will not be going to police reform advocacy groups. Instead, it will be going to Breonna Taylor. Her name is just one more added to the list of people who have lost their lives unnecessarily at the hands of the police. Her death, like many, could have been prevented. It's time to make sure we do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.  To begin, let's take a look at the warrant used at Breonna's house that night. As many of us know, the warrant in question was a no-knock warrant, or a warrant that allows police officers to enter a targeted premises without announcing themselves to any residents there. It first came into effect during the Nixon Administration as the war on drugs raged on, and is commonly touted as a necessary tool for police officers to use in situations where a drug dealer may be operating their business from their location and would be able to dispose of the illegal material in time if the police chose to announce themselves before entering. The other situation that supporters say require the use of no-knock warrants include settings where police may be in danger if they announce themselves and the suspect is able to arm themselves. But critics note the downfalls of allowing no-knock warrants to be implemented.  1. According to a 2014 article from the ACLU analyzing 800 SWAT responses involving no-knock warrants (62% were for drugs), only 35% of them actually resulted in the police finding any drugs. 36% resulted in nothing, while 29% were not disclosed in incident reports. It's quite evident that no-knock warrants do not have an accurate track record to help argue their merit. (And if you're wondering if something published in 2014 is still accurate now, consider this: no-knock warrants were used around 1,500 times in the 1980s. By 2000, that number was 40,000. And by 2010, the number rose to 60,000-70,000. The trends indicate that without any reform, those numbers will have either stayed the same or gone up). 2. Between 2010 and 2016, at least 94 civilians and 13 law enforcement officers have died as a direct result of no-knock warrants. That's 107 people too many, and the number has only gone up in recent years.  3. Studies indicate that POC are most impacted by no-knock warrants. The 2014 ACLU report mentioned above noted that 39% of no-knock warrants impacted African American communities. 11% impacted Latinx communities. These numbers are more than double of their Caucasian communities (20%). There has always been a race disparity in our police departments and their responses, especially when it comes to the war on drugs. It's beyond time to end that. 4. There is a constitutional issue to arise with using no-knock warrants. The US Constitution specifically states that "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Over the years, courts have expanded the definition of a warrant to include a "knock-announce-wait" requirement, which basically mandates that police officers must knock and announce themselves as police officers, then wait a minute before forcefully entering a premise (unless they hear/see someone/something in danger i.e. someone screaming, someone dangling someone off the stairs). But seeing as that description doesn't include the situations that allow the use of no-knock warrants, why do we still need them? There is much reform to be done when it comes to our police departments. This petition, if and when it is successful, is not going to solve everything. We need to keep fighting and pushing for reform on all accounts, but it is a step in the right decision that we must take. Thank you for your support. 

Arishita Gupta
800 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Homeland Security


These 8 Can't WaitThis week, people took to the streets around the United States- and around the world- to protest the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police. Floyd, a black man suspected of using a counterfeit bill, was not resisting arrest when escalated use of force was inappropriately applied by the arresting officers. Ultimately, Floyd was murdered in the street, because of his race and the inability- and the unwillingness- of the police to protect their community from themselves. I refuse to stand by and wait for racist violence to take another member of our community. I'm asking the DOJ, FBI, Treasury, Police Union and ALL the Police Departments, in the UNITED STATES, to immediately take the steps to implement use-of-force policies that are proven to save lives: the 8 policies identified by Campaign Zero to decrease police violence by 72% in their 8 Can't Wait campaign. You can visit to learn more about these policies and their impact on police violence but at a glance, they are: 1. Ban chokeholds and strangleholds 2. Require de-escalation 3. Require warning before shooting 4. Exhaust all other means before shooting 5. Duty to intervene 6. Ban shooting at moving vehicles 7. Require use-of-force continuum 8. Require comprehensive reporting These are reasonable, concrete, and actionable steps that Every Police Department can take right now, in order to continue to protect and serve their community. This moment in our country's history will be revisited, in the future as a time when some leaders stepped up, met the moment, and took a stand for the personhood and well-being of their communities, and some failed us. Be a progressive place, that thrives when our whole community comes together, for one another. I'm asking you to continue that proud history by pledging to implement the 8 Can't Wait policies today. #8cantwait If not, I'm also asking since, we are the TAXPAYERS PAYING YOU, TO WITHHOLD ALL FUNDS, UNTIL YOU GET YOUR DEPARTMENTS, IN ORDER⚠️ 1) FIRE ALL OFFICERS WHO HAVE KILLED UNARMED CITIZENS, WITHOUT PAY‼ 2) ALL LAWSUITS, WILL COME FROM THEIR PENSION FUNDS AND ANY PERSONAL PROPERTY THEY MAY OWN, (NOT) TAXPAYER DOLLARS @TREASURY YOUR JOB❗ 3) JUST LIKE THE LAW STATES, YOU ARE JUST AS LIABLE FOR DOING NOTHING TO STOP THE ABUSE or MURDER. SO, YOU SHALL BE SENTENCED & FINED EQUALLY, LIKE A REGULAR CITIZEN THOUGH, NO COP LENIENCY‼ 4) THERE IS NO MOVING ONE BAD APPLE TO OTHER PRECINCTS, TERMINATED, MEANS JUST THAT‼ 5) WE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR EVERYONE ASSISNATED BY RACIST COPS @FBI YOUR JOB❗  6) WE DEMAND LAWS THAT MAKE THESE RULES & ONLY THESE RULES APPLICABLE AT ALL PRECINCTS @DOJ YOUR JOB.  ANYONE WHO HASN'T (PREVIOUSLY) & DOESN'T WANT TO FOLLOW ALL OF THESE RULES, IN THE FUTURE NEEDS TO BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY, FOR RACIAL BIAS, WHICH IS JUST CAUSE‼ 7) THE POLICE UNIONS NEED TO ALSO BE ADDRESSED ACCORDINGLY⚠️

Leah Rogers
1,386 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Mike Cazes

West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office: Fire Officer Vance Matranga Jr. Immediately

In July of 2019, Vance Matranga Jr., a deputy with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, was executing a no-knock search warrant with the River West Task Force at the Budget 7 Motel in Port Allen. There, he shot and killed Josef Richardson, 38. The autopsy ruled Richardson’s death a homicide caused by one bullet to the back of the neck. Richardson did not have a gun. Prior to this shooting, a 2016 lawsuit alleges that deputy Matranga broke Fredrick Johnson of Port Allen’s leg by running into him with a police cruiser and then tackling and refusing to get him medical help for several hours.  This is not the level of empathy we want our police officers to have. They are not supposed to be handing out death sentences. And I believe that these two incidences are enough to fire officer Matranga for excessive force before he kills someone else.  At bare minimum, he should never carry a weapon on duty again. I am also calling on The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office to end the use of no-knock search warrants in the light of Joseph Richardson and Breonna Taylor’s deaths. No knock warrants create a tense situation where deescalation tactics cannot thrive, and often times endanger lives that have nothing to do with the crime they are there for.  I hope you will join me in calling for these changes. 

Meagan Hudson
618 supporters