Condition Senators James Sanders Jr., Brian Benjamin and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell Introduce Thorough Search Warrant Reform Laws in New York State, With Campaign Zero

NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2020) — Condition Senators James Sanders Jr. and Brian Benjamin, alongside with Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, nowadays introduced a pioneering and extensive bill in the New York Point out Legislature that would prohibit the use of perilous No-Knock warrants and raids throughout the condition. This laws, designed in collaboration with Marketing campaign Zero and police scholar Dr. Peter Kraska, will provide as a nationwide design for search warrant reform, addressing the systemic abuses that have price lives, undermined have confidence in, and triggered incalculable harm across our point out and nation.  

Senator Sanders’ invoice is S.11 for 2021. It is remaining carried by O’Donnell in the Assembly as monthly bill selection A.11171 for 2020 but it will have a new monthly bill quantity in 2021.

In New York, a bill to reform how these warrants and raids are applied has been languishing in the Condition Legislature for almost two a long time. Prompted by the unwanted and tragic fatalities of Breonna Taylor and some others, these customers of the Point out Senate and Assembly reignited this law enforcement accountability reform by introducing the boldest proposal yet that would regulate these military services-like tactics made use of by law enforcement. This is also the initially reform nationwide to get 15 of 15 points employing Marketing campaign Zero’s design legislation rubric.

“We need to halt the more than-militarization of our communities,” explained Senator James Sanders Jr.  “The abuse of no-knock warrants disproportionally influences black and brown men and women and can normally consequence in demise as was found in the tragic instances of Breonna Taylor, Alberta Spruill and also several others. Currently, we are placing forth the most complete, groundbreaking laws in the nation when it arrives to these law enforcement raids, which should really only be utilized beneath severe circumstances and with accountability.”

The proposed invoice will:

  • Limit the issuance and execution of all No Knock warrants and raids by limiting them only to instances when human lifestyle is in jeopardy. 
  • Increase the software demands, necessitating officers to report age/gender/identified disabilities of all occupants. 
  • Makes sure warrants expire immediately after 7 days and helps prevent the use of stale info (officers have to present recent proof in the 24 hrs. ahead of warrant execution). Breonna Taylor’s proof/surveillance was 60 times old when officers went to execute the warrant.
  • Increase far more details for how all warrants can be executed (i.e. officers necessary to be in uniform, must wait around 30 seconds, and may well not use flash bang grenades).
  • Incorporate measures of oversight and accountability by earning audio/video and warrant execution studies accessible for assessment by impartial oversight.

“It’s challenging to consider that any person can argue that the community is nicely served by making it possible for armed officers to smash into a household out of the blue,” said Condition Senator Brian Benjamin. “How can this probably be the most secure way to arrest another person? We have viewed hundreds like Breona Taylor killed or harmed simply because individuals made a decision that utilizing these tactics was no major offer. We want to rein it in, and we will need to do it now.”

The existing proposed No-Knock monthly bill was 1st released to the Condition Legislature in 2003, in reaction to the dying of Alberta Spruill, a 57-year-previous Harlem woman who worked for New York Town and died of a coronary heart attack following police broke down her doorway and threw a flash grenade into her condominium. Lots of concur that a bill like the one particular being introduced could have prevented the loss of life of Alberta Spruill and could provide as a great design for other states also hunting to conclude this risky and existence-threatening law enforcement observe. 

“Over the past 20 decades, no-knock and ‘dynamic entry’ look for warrant raids have killed hundreds of Us citizens and introduced suffering and reduction to considerably as well lots of New Yorkers,” said Assembly Member O’Donnell, who led the hard work past year to ‘Repeal 50-a’. “One of these New Yorkers, Alberta Spruill, was a 57-calendar year old civil servant who was killed in her Harlem home by a concussion grenade applied by the NYPD in a no-knock drug raid of her house based on incorrect information. It is distinct that the death and suffering brought on by these raids has failed to justify their use. The time has arrive to close militarized no-knock raids in our point out, prior to another New Yorker is killed. This legislation will curtail these dangerous ways and deal with abuses at every phase of the research warrant course of action, even though also making sure that law enforcement can reply appropriately when there are legitimate and imminent threats to human life. I want to thank Senators Sanders and Benjamin, and Marketing campaign Zero for their committed and considerate operate establishing this bill, and I appear ahead to engaging with my colleagues, as well as activists and communities throughout the state to establish a coalition that will progress these critical reforms.”

“The time is now for New Yorkers to established the tone for the a lot desired and very long overdue policing reforms this region demands,” said DeRay McKesson, activist and Co-Founder of Campaign Zero. “We know these raids are not an efficient policing software. We need a far more rigorous application course of action we need to assure law enforcement intelligence is accurate and, we need to have to shut any loopholes law enforcement officers use to defer accountability. This bill released by Sen. Sanders does all of that. We can protect against pointless demise and damage in New York, and this is our probability.”

The expense of No-Knock raids far exceeds their negligible advantages. According to research by Dr. Kraska, there are approximately 60,000 No-Knock and Fast-Knock raids executed every 12 months, increased from ~3,000 a yr in the early 1980s — the the vast majority for drug offenses. An investigation of 13 community jurisdictions discovered consistent racial disparities in the use of law enforcement raids–with Black communities disproportionately impacted by this sort of law enforcement violence. The hazards are also terrific, the rewards negligible.

For additional facts on the nationwide hard work to ban the use of No-Knock warrants and raids, visit

“My daughter died as a outcome of a drug raid which should’ve never been approved, but I’m not the only mum or dad who has missing a child because of to this exercise of breaking down doors with hopes of scoring medications and cash. These reform efforts want to go on so that no 1 else loses a liked a single as a result of these risky, fatal and avoidable procedures. Make sure you guidance these critically important efforts. The lives of harmless daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers AND police officers depend on the fast elimination of these raids. We’re counting on legislators nationwide to act NOW.” 

– Tamika Palmer, Mom of Breonna Taylor

“Thank you to people in New York who are having a vital action to fight racial injustice. These are crucial steps to preserve life. If they ended up in location throughout the region, Breonna Taylor would be alive, along with so quite a few some others who have died at the hands of negative officers and bad insurance policies. We are quite pleased with this development and hope that other states instantly abide by fit.”

– Sam Aguiar, Lawyer for the Loved ones of Breonna Taylor

“This proposed law provides stringent pointers shielding citizens rights having said that, it also allows for extenuating situation for legislation enforcement to conduct their duties. It is normally a fine line to tread amongst our legislation enforcement professionals’ basic safety and obligation and the legal rights of the citizens they safeguard. It is paramount that rules, procedures, and processes relative to one of our most sacred rights, the 4th Amendment, defend our citizens from intrusive violations and at the same time ensure the basic safety of our law enforcement officers.”

– Mark Lomax, CEO Lancer Cobbs Consulting and Previous Govt Director, National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)

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