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Political Information Last Updated: Jul 26, 2021 - 1:50:19 AM


Now in Effect: Washington Law Prohibits No-Knock Warrants and Limits Federal Militarization of Police
By Amanda Bowers
Jul 26, 2021 - 1:47:21 AM

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https://www.activistpost.com/2021/07/now-in-effect-washington-law-prohibits-no-knock-warrants-and-limits-federal-militarization-of-police.html

By Amanda Bowers

July  25th 2021

A law went into effect on July 25th in Washington state that prohibits no-knock warrants and puts limits on state and local law enforcement agencies' ability to acquire certain military equipment from federal programs.

Rep. Jesse Johnson (D-Federal Way) filed House Bill 1054 (HB1054) in January. The new law makes numerous policing reforms and includes provisions to prohibit no-knock warrants and limit the type of military equipment police can obtain through federal programs.

The House approved the final version of HB1054 by a 55-42 vote. The Senate passed the bill 28-20. With Gov. Jay Inslee's signature, the law went into effect on July 25.

POLICE MILITARIZATION

The new law prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from acquiring or using "military equipment." The law defines the following as "military equipment."

  • firearms and ammunition of .50 caliber or greater
  • machine guns
  • armed helicopters
  • armed or armored drones
  • armed vessels
  • armed vehicles
  • armed aircraft
  • tanks
  • long-range acoustic hailing devices
  • rockets
  • rocket launchers
  • bayonets
  • grenades
  • missiles
  • directed energy systems
  • electromagnetic spectrum weapons

A ban on mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) in the original House version was amended out of the bill in the Senate.

The legislation applies both to the well-known 1033 program, along with any other military surplus program operated by the federal government, as well as federal programs that fund the acquisition of surplus military equipment.

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Any law enforcement agency in possession of military equipment as of the effective date of the law must return the equipment to the federal agency from which it was acquired, or destroy the equipment by December 31, 2022.

While the enactment of HB1054 will not end the militarization of local cops, it will keep some dangerous weapons out of the hands of police officers.

Federal Surplus and Grant Money

Police can get military-grade weapons through a number of federal programs, including the 1033 program, and via the Department of Homeland Security through the (DHS) "Homeland Security Grant Program." The DHS doles out over $1 billion in counterterrorism funds to state and local police each year. According to a 2012 Senate report, this money has been used to purchase tactical vehicles, drones, and even tanks with little obvious benefit to public safety. And, according to ProPublica, "In 1994, the Justice Department and the Pentagon-funded a five-year program to adapt military security and surveillance technology for local police departments that they would otherwise not be able to afford."

In August 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that gave a push to local police militarization. Trump's action rescinded an Obama-era policy meant to provide greater transparency and oversight around the Department of Defense 1033 program and other federal resources that provide military weapons to local police. Biden will reportedly reinstitute the Obama policy, but it was nothing more than window-dressing. In practice, the Obama EO did little to stem the flow of military equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies.

Even with the Obama-era limits back in place, the 1033 program will remain essentially intact. Military gear will continue to pour into local police agencies, just as it did when Obama was in the White House.

Even if you see the Obama/Biden limits as a positive, the multiple federal flip-flops underscore the importance of putting limits on police militarization at the state and local level. Federal policy tends to change depending on the party in power. Whatever limits Biden imposes through executive order can be undone with a stroke of the next president's pen. The only way to effectively end police militarization for good is permanently withdrawing the state from these federal programs.

The enactment of HB1054 limits Washington's participation in federal police militarization programs.

Command and Control

Arming ‘peace officers' like they're ready to occupy an enemy city is totally contrary to the society envisioned by the founders. They've turned ‘protect and serve' into ‘command and control.'

In the 1980s, the federal government began arming, funding and training local police forces, turning peace officers into soldiers to fight in its unconstitutional "War on Drugs." The militarization went into hyper-drive after 9/11 when a second front opened up - the "War on Terror."

By making it more difficult for local police to get this military-grade gear, they become less likely to cooperate with the feds, and it also removes incentives for partnerships. The enactment of HB1054 takes a first step toward limiting police militarization in Washington State.

NO-KNOCK WARRANTS

Another provision in HB1054 effectively bans "no-knock" warrants. Under the law, police are prohibited from seeking and courts cannot issue a search or arrest warrant granting an express exception to the requirement for the officer to provide notice of his or her office and purpose when executing the warrant. Police can only enter a building "if, after notice of his or her office and purpose, he or she be refused admittance."

The enactment of HB1054 effectively nullifies and makes irrelevant several Supreme Court opinions that give police across the U.S. legal cover for conducting no-knock raids.

In the 1995 case Wilson v. Arkansas, the Supreme Court established that police must peacefully knock, announce their presence, and allow time for the occupants to open the door before entering a home to serve a warrant. But the Court allowed for "exigent circumstance" exceptions if police fear violence, if the suspect is a flight risk, or if officers fear the suspect will destroy evidence.

As journalist Radley Balko notes, police utilized this exception to the fullest extent, "simply declaring in search warrant affidavits that all drug dealers are a threat to dispose of evidence, flee or assault the officers at the door."

The SCOTUS eliminated this blanket exception in Richards v. Wisconsin (1997) requiring police to show why a specific individual is a threat to dispose of evidence, commit an act of violence or flee from police. But even with the opinion, the bar for obtaining a no-knock warrant remains low.

"In order to justify a ‘no-knock' entry, the police must have a reasonable suspicion that knocking and announcing their presence, under the particular circumstances, would be dangerous or futile, or that it would inhibit the effective investigation of the crime by, for example, allowing the destruction of evidence." [Emphasis added]

Reasonable suspicion is an extremely low legal bar to meet. Through this exception, police can justify no-knock entry on any warrant application. In effect, the parameters in the SCOTUS ruling make no-knock the norm instead of the exception.

A third Supreme Court ruling effectively eliminated the consequences for violating the "knock and announce" requirement even without a no-knock warrant. In Hudson v. Michigan (2006), the High Court held that evidence seized in violation of knock and announce was not subject to the exclusionary rule. In other words, police could still use the evidence in court even though they technically gathered it illegally.

Significantly, were it not for the dubious "incorporation doctrine" made up by the Supreme Court based on the 14th Amendment that purportedly empowers the federal government to apply the Bill of Rights to the states, these cases would have never gone to federal court and we wouldn't have these blanket rules.

Without specific restrictions from the state, police officers generally operate within the parameters set by the High Court. By passing restrictions on no-knock warrants, states set standards that go beyond the Supreme Court limits and in effect, nullify the SCOTUS opinion,

OTHER REFORMS

HB1054  bans law enforcement officers from using "chokeholds." It also prohibits the use of tear gas "unless necessary to alleviate a present risk of serious harm posed by (a) Riot inside a correctional, jail, or detention facility; (b) barricaded subject; or (c) hostage situation." Other provisions in the legislation institute rules for police vehicular chases.

Source: Tenth Amendment Center

Amanda Bowers is a long-time Jill-of-all-trades with the TAC. She's worked in outreach, local chapters, research, blogging and more.

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