Minneapolis mayor, police chief issue new policy on no-knock warrants

Updated: November 25, 2020 06:11 PM
Created: November 25, 2020 10:59 AM

Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo issued a new policy regarding the police department's use of unannounced entry when serving search warrants, also known as no-knock warrants. 

Under the new policy, Minneapolis police officers will be required to announce their presence and reason for entry. 

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The policy give an exemption to situations where an announcement would "create an imminent threat of physical harm to victims, officers or the public." When announcements are not made during the execution of a search warrant, police supervisors who are involved must include their reasoning in an incident report. 

According to the city, on average, the Minneapolis Police Department executes nearly 140 no-knock warrants a year. 

No-knock warrants have come under recent scrutiny after the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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