it wasn’t technically a “no knock warrant”.
A Chesapeake Police spokeswoman said the narcotics team knocked on Frederick’s door and announced themselves as police before forcing their way inside.
They are not saying how much time they waited between the knock and attempting to enter the house.
Also there allegedly were some drugs and paraphernalia found in the house, but no evidence of a “complex grow operation”.
The return on the search warrant Shivers attempted to serve was filed Wednesday. According to a document filed in Chesapeake Circuit Court, two hours after the shooting, police found an undisclosed amount of marijuana, six lights, three transformers, smoking devices and a fan among other things at Frederick’s home.
Officers did not report finding the “complex hydroponic watering system,” packaging material and a digital scale they thought might be inside and part of a marijuana growing operation.
Although it seems Mr. Federick wasn’t a completely innocent victim here, this still draws into question a couple of the common practices of Police in the ineffectual “war on drugs”…i.e:
Authorizing search warrants based solely on the word of an unnamed source with no corroboration.
Entering homes dynamically, either unannounced, or without giving the occupants sufficient time to respond once the police presence is announced. This is especially troublesome in states that afford their citizens the option of armed self defense in the home.
Worrying more about a petty criminal “getting rid of” evidence than about the lives of the Police Officers attempting to execute the warrant.
A search warrant is not a declaration of guilt. Police should not be authorized to forcibly enter a dwelling unless there is an articulable danger to the lives of the Officers serving the warrant in normal fashion, or unless the occupants are given ample opportunity to volunteer their cooperation.
Shouting “Police” as the battering ram is swinging toward the door is not acceptable behavior for a Police department in a free society. It still may turn out that that’s not what happened here, but no one can deny that it does happen and it absolutely should stop. If the Police won’t stop it through policy decisions, then we need to stop it through our elected representatives and legislation.