Cops are pulling out all the stops to say, “It’s not our fault!” on this one. The Journal of Steffanie Rivers: Death By Association.
Cops are saying, that in-spite of the fact that they had obtained a no-knock warrant, they knocked and announced themselves multiple times.
And how did police execute the warrant at Taylor’s apartment? Even though they showed up in plain-clothes with a ‘no-knock’ warrant, Louisville police claimed they knocked several times. Raid squads don’t knock. Witnesses said they never heard police announce themselves. I believe the witnesses.
I have to say, I agree. If they were willing to knock-and-announce, why get a no-knock warrant? Are all warrants in Louisville no-knock by convention these days? (I’m old enough to remember when we were promised that such warrants would only be used in extreme circumstances.)
There isn’t much new in this story other than that tidbit. The guy they were looking for had been arrested hours earlier in another part of town. But they couldn’t let a no-knock warrant go to waste. Or something.
The War on (Some) Drugs&trade is a war, and Truth is the first casualty.