It’s Just How the Police State Rolls
Bill Quick

Court to Police: No Immunity Just Because You’re Cops – Reason.com

The defendants assert that Officer Gregg Lee checked to see
whether the door was locked, knocked on the door and announced the
officers’ presence, and then waited several seconds for the
occupants to respond before Officer Todd Edwards breached the door.
…  But the plaintiffs pointed out that only 7.194 seconds
elapsed between the detonation of the second stun grenade, which
was thrown from the rear of the house, and the detonation of the
third stun grenade, which would have been thrown by the front?entry
team after breaching the door. … Because a stun grenade takes 1.5
seconds to detonate, the plaintiffs argued, the front entry team
had only 5.694 seconds to open the screen door, check to see
whether Terebesi’s door was locked, knock, announce, wait for a
response, breach the door, look inside the room, and then throw a
stun grenade.

Every video of a SWAT entry I’ve ever seen (and I’m not talking about legitimate no-knock instances) the time between the police “knocking and announcing’ themselves, and bashing down the doors, smashing windows, and throwing in various sorts of explosive stun devices has always been five seconds or less – in other words, they might as well be no-knock, because it is humanly impossible for occupants to make any sort of response to the “knock and announce.”

The cops know this, of course.  That’ why people who worry about such things should have reinforced steel doors inside steel frames with heavy duty locks, and bars over ground floor windows.  It won’t stop them – if necessary, they’ll come through the walls – but it will give occupants enough time to at least figure out what is going on.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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It’s Just How the Police State Rolls — 1 Comment

  1. More specifically, unless you’re in a Mafia movie, anyone who sounds like they’re going to get in your house with that level of defense is likely to be a cop. It certainly won’t be a regular thug.

    I once had someone try to bash my door down in the middle of the night. We discovered afterwards they took the 4×4 that our mailbox was mounted on (which wasn’t in the ground firmly) and tried to use it as a battering ram…but the door was solid wood and opened out. That set off the dogs barking, and whoever it was ran away right quick, which was their first smart move, considering we were armed.

    This wasn’t in the country, either, but in a nice neighborhood a block from downtown in a middlin’-sized town in upstate South Carolina. Our next door neighbor was the mayor.

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