ATLANTA — Veteran law enforcement officers defend the use of no-knock warrants and say it's a vital tool to keep officers safe and criminals from destroying critical evidence.
Habersham County deputies used a no-knock warrant to enter a suspected drug house in Cornelia. When they opened the door, they tossed in a flash bang grenade, but it landed in the crib of 19-month old Bounkham Phonesavahn. The explosion critically injured him.
Khalfani Yabuku of Triple-F Training retired after 28 years with the Atlanta Police Department. He spent 10 of those years with the SWAT team. Yabuku said no-knock warrants are a vital tool to law enforcement.
"Usually, there are two primary times when you utilize a no-knock warrant," Yabuku said. "That is to prevent destruction of evidence, and of course, if there is a circumstance that suggests an officer safety issue."
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