The raids have become a surprising commonplace for the residents of Little Rock, especially if they are homes of people of color, and if they are not financially well-off.
The town of Little Rock, Arkansas has been plagued with recurring incidents of police officers breaking down doors of residents without any kind of warning. The no-knock warrant has been used countless times by the members of the Little Rock Police Department's SWAT team. Now, the residents of the town are coming down heavy on the authorities, and several have filed civil suits against the Little Rock Police Department's SWAT team.
Race Soldiers are conducting these Nazi Gestapo style raids on innocent Black people around the country..— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) September 6, 2019
‘No Knock’ Warrants Spur Wave Of Civil Rights Lawsuits In Little Rock https://t.co/u4evUIZdtH
The raids have become a surprising commonplace for the residents of Little Rock, especially if they are homes of people of color, and if they are not financially well-off. A no-knock warrant is typically requested by the authorities when a traditional warrant doesn't work. While a regular warrant would see the officers announcing themselves before entering the property of a suspect, a no-knock warrant is usually used in cases where police officers could be walking into a dangerous situation.
In 2017, Derrick Davis and his fiance were subjected to an unnecessary no-knock raid while preparing a meal for their family. The SWAT team broke down their front door, flooded their home, and threatened to kill Davis and his fiance. As per their understanding, the authorities were under the impression that Davis was selling cocaine out of his home. However, a thorough search of the house did not turn up any evidence of drug activity, save for the four ounces of marijuana the officers found instead.
After @KATVNews and @KATVJanelle's exclusive look at @LRpolice No Knock policy back in April, Little Rock police have announced major changes to their procedures on obtaining No Knock Warrants. Read the in-depth article here. https://t.co/niOyWFAXWM— Nick Genty (@KATVNICK) June 12, 2019
In the following years, the authorities would go on to conduct several no-knock raids all over Little Rock. One such home raid resulted in a resident being shot in the back multiple times which caused him permanent injuries. Another raid that was illegally conducted resulted in several injuries and a few fatalities.
It’s not just that Cops violently broke down this man's door w/explosives & raided his home over suspicion of coke—& found none—its that judges are issuing warrants for no knock raids disproportionately on POC & w/o probably cause— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) February 23, 2019
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However, Laux and Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, have filed four different civil rights lawsuits against the Little Rock Police Department, on behalf of the homes that the authorities had raided. The lawsuit hopes to correct the illegal raid practice and monetarily compensate the victims of said raid.