We Can Assist Police by Reevaluating No-Knock Raids: ALEC Op-Ed in The Hill
The crime wave is putting an even greater strain on police departments, as officers face heightened risks on the job.
In his latest op-ed for The Hill, ALEC Criminal Justice Task Force Director Nino Marchese detailed the findings of his new ALEC report, No-Knock Raids: Examining the Risk, Controversy and Constitutionality.
Criminal activity throughout the country has drastically increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to levels not seen in decades. Nationwide, a total of 21,570 murders were committed in 2020, yielding the largest annual increase on record, registering at nearly 30 percent. In the first half of this year, compared to the first half of 2021, aggravated assaults increased by 4 percent, robberies by 19 percent, residential burglaries by 6 percent, nonresidential burglaries by 8 percent, motor vehicle thefts by 15 percent, and larcenies by 20 percent.
Not only are civilians suffering directly, but the crime wave is putting an even greater strain on police departments, as officers face heightened risks on the job.
As policymakers look for practical measures to protect law enforcement and the communities they serve, one practice which is ripe for improvement, and commonly overlooked, is the implementation and execution of no-knock raids.