02/14/2011

Critics slam 'no-knock' police raids

Some say that the increased use of surprise tactics raises privacy and risk questions

By Ron Barnett and Paul Alongi
USA TODAY

OGDEN, Utah — Dressed in black and carrying assault rifles, members of a local multi-jurisdiction police unit burst into a dark home in Ogden, Utah, one night in September shouting, "Police! Search warrant!"

A video of the incident made by the Weber-Morgan counties Narcotics Strike Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency shows a man suddenly appearing in a hallway holding a shiny object that an officer thought was a sword, but was really a golf club, according to Weber County Attorney Dee Smith.

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