On Monday, the Tennessee House gave final approval to a bill that would prohibit “no-knock” warrants and take a step toward nullifying several Supreme Court opinions in practice and effect.
Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) introduced Senate Bill 1380 (SB1380) on Feb. 11. The legislation would make several policing reforms, including a ban on so-called “no-knock” warrants. Under the proposed law, a magistrate would be prohibited from issuing a search warrant, “which expressly authorizes a peace officer to dispense with the requirement to knock and announce the peace officer’s presence prior to execution of the warrant.”
Last month, the full Senate passed the bill by a vote of 33-0. On Monday, the House substituted the Senate bill for the House version and then approved the measure 90-0. It now moves to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk for his consideration.
The proposed law would also place limits on police use of choke-holds, require Tennessee law enforcement agencies to develop policies on de-escalation, institute reporting requirements relating to the use of force, and clarify policies on firing at fleeing vehicles.
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