So I guess the topics I want to discuss and know more about are what is the law? What do we think the law should be? And what can be done to hold the authorities who authorized the warrant responsible (as I think they clearly are culpable in the death whether the officers on scene acted within their rights or if they were outside their authority)?
I guess with a no-knock you just kick the door in. I think those should be banned. If you think it's a crack house, and you announce yourself and wait three seconds before kicking it in, the criminals can't hide their operation in three seconds. Plus with a warrant you can turn the house upside down to find what you're looking for anyway.
If by knocking it gives the criminals a chance to arm themselves, then the guys with helmets and riot gear need to be first through the door. If you think by knocking they have time to escape out the back, you need to have officers covering all exits, which I feel like they do anyway.
Just like I how I feel that trained officers should be able to wrestle a resisting subject to the ground before they make it 15-20 feet to a car door, then have to shoot him if a weapon presents itself, I feel like trained officers should be able to announce their presence, and still mitigate whatever is behind that door, even if it means giving criminals a three seconds notice.
Judges I think issue warrants. Police bring evidence that they need to search a place to a judge, and if the evidence suffices they give it to them. I guess in this case the police had pictures of a guy that was Taylor's ex-boyfriend coming and going from her place, and GPS tracking of his phone connecting him to other drug houses. So I guess they thought Taylor's was another drug house. My guess is you should just have more evidence than that. Maybe he feeds his ex-girlfriends dog while she's on a 24-hour EMT shift because he still likes her or something. You should probably have some concrete evidence before you go turn a place inside out, and run the risk of killing someone.
But...who judges the judges though? We saw that Amy Klobuchar let the officer that killed George Floyd get away with double digit instances of abuse of power while she was a states attorney, or DA up there. Who takes her to court? Who presses charges on her for, I don't even know what. Dereliction of duty maybe? Are judges derelict of duty when they issue a warrant with insufficient evidence?