SB 94 – Allowing No-Knock Search Warrants

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Description – Allowing No-Knock Search Warrants

SB 94, also known as “Bou Bou’s Law”, is a new law up in the Senate that allows for no-knock search warrants in the state of Georgia. A no-knock warrant refers to a warrant that does not require a law enforcement officer to announce themselves before entering private property. The excuse is usually that these sorts of procedures limit a suspects ability to get rid of evidence or even run.

It modifies the Georgia Code for issuing search warrants. It says that no warrants will be issued with a no-knock unless there is probable cause that suggests announcing oneself would cause danger to the officers or to evidence. It essentially amends the law to allow for no-knock warrants.

It also amends another piece of the code to allow officers to not announce themselves for a normal warrant if the officers don’t know if anyone is in the building or not. That seems like a good excuse for any officer to use in nearly any circumstance.

Commentary

It would seem this bill does nothing to limit no-knock search warrants in Georgia. It just outlines that probable cause is required if law enforcement believes evidence or officers or at risk otherwise. No-knock warrants are an infringement on the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. It is immoral to allow police officers to enter someones home unannounced. That leads to mistakes, much like the namesake of this bill, Bou Bou. An infant that had a flashbang thrown into his crib during a no-knock raid on a home suspected of having drug users in it. One, drug use is non-violent and has no victims. Two, force was used against this family that resulted in severe injury to an infant.