MPD bans the use of no-knock warrants, SCSO reviewing policy, officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MPD will ban the use of no-knock warrants.

The Memphis Police Department confirmed they are adapting Louisville, Kentucky’s ‘Breonna’s Law.’

MPD said have been going over the idea for weeks on how to change policy.

This was a huge win for activists who continue to push for change within the Memphis Police Department.

“It’s a good start but it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface,” said Theryn Bond, community activist.

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The decision to ban no-knock warrant raids was made at a weekly meeting with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Police Director Mike Rallings and activists.

“As more initiatives are looked at I’d hope more people are brought into that conversation,” Bond said.

With this new policy, officers are required to knock and identify themselves before entering someone’s home.

It’s a policy that officials have looked into ever since the March death of Breonna Taylor.

“The only thing it does is take away the element of surprise,” said Mike Collins, former Shelby County lieutenant.

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He added that this new policy might affect narcotics operations or when officers arrest criminals.

“It’s going to hinder some aspects of it but doesn’t completely destroy their capability of going and executing warrants in an effective matter,” Collins said.

Activists believed it was a step in the right direction but more needs to be done.

“We need to begin to be proactive and not reactive so when situations arise we can properly handle them and we have things in place already to do so,” Bond said.

Captain Anthony Buckner said about the matter, “SCSO is reviewing its policies and procedures and this is one of the areas we are reviewing.”