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NCJ Number: 119575 Find in a Library
Title: Police Tactics, Drug Trafficking, and Gang Violence: Why the No-Knock Warrant Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come
Journal: Notre Dame Law Review  Volume:64  Issue:4  Dated:(1989)  Pages:552-570
Author(s): D B Allegro
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 19
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In advocating no-knock narcotics search warrants, this four-part note focuses on police safety issues involved in narcotics warrant service.
Abstract: Part one demonstrates that, in response to increasing criminal violence in the 1960's and 1970's, police began to employ more sophisticated defensive tactics in search and seizure situations. Police officers learned that quickly asserting control over potentially violent confrontations is crucial to safe and successful police operations. Part two examines how the spread of drug trafficking and violent street gangs has redefined the threat of criminal violence to police. Part three argues that the threat to police in high-risk narcotics search warrant service and the tactical imperatives of speed and control balanced against privacy interests call for re-evaluating knock and announce law. Part four concludes that the no-knock warrant is a legal tool whose time has come. Allowing the use of a justified defensive measure such as the no-knock entry to address the hazards of high-risk warrant service, but subjecting such entry to screening magistrate review, will serve both competing law enforcement and privacy interests more effectively. 92 references.
Main Term(s): Consent search
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Right of privacy; Search and seizure; Warrantless search
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