Despite the excessive collateral damage and questionable morality of no-knock raids, police insist upon using these detrimental tactics.
For instance: attempting to serve a search warrant by entering a house through a window got Killeen, Texas, Police Detective Charles Dinwiddie shot and killed last May. The police had a search warrant looking for narcotics at the home of Marvin Louis Guy, 49. They decided to serve this warrant at 5:30 in the morning and without knocking on his door. He opened fire on them, killing Dinwiddie and injuring three others.
Would you defend your home or family against an intruder?
Though they found a glass pipe, a grinder, and a pistol, they did not find any drugs. Often these raids are perpetrated with little or no credible evidence. A police informant apparently told them there were bags of cocaine inside the house.
Are people now being discouraged from defending their homes in the USA?
A similar story played out in Virginia last year. The Virginia case ended with Ryan Frederick in prison for 10 years despite his insistence he thought he was defending himself against in home intruders. That may end up being lucky when compared to Guy’s case. Prosecutors in Texas are going to seek the death penalty against him.
KWTX offers a dreadfully written and obviously biased summary that says next to nothing about the circumstances of the raid but gives Dinwiddie’s whole life story. Guy faces three additional charges of attempted capital murder for shooting the other officers. The story mentions the no-knock raid but fails to explain why it happened or the failure to find any drugs.
Even if you are defending yourself you will be charged with murder
A search for Guy in the jail inmate locator for Bell County, Texas, shows that he is being charged only for the shootings. There are no drug-related charges listed. He is being held on a bond totaling $4.5 million.