Governor J.B. Pritzker recently announced that he wants to ban no-knock search warrants in Illinois. Pritzker announced the proposed reform in reaction to the no-knock warrant for drugs that led to the fatal shooting by police of Breonna Taylor in March in Louisville, Kentucky.
According to a Chicago Police Department Spokesperson, the department is not taking a stance on the governor’s proposed ban. According to a recent article by the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Police Department executes 1,500 to 2,000 search warrants a year. Most warrants require officers to knock and announce themselves, but State law allows no-knock warrants when police believe a weapon will be used against an officer or another person and that knocking would prompt someone in the home to destroy evidence.
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