No-Knock Warrants

The CJR Solution

We stand firmly in support of state and federal level measures that ban no-knock warrants. As state, local, and federal lawmakers, mayors, law enforcement, and other important stakeholders consider advancing police reform in their jurisdictions, CJR recommends the following:

  • Permanent bans on no-knock search warrants.
  • Training for police departments on the impact of surprise or no-knock entry tactics for citizens.
  • Practical police training that informs police officers to adequately recognize and respond with appropriate force to avoid unlawful or unnecessary killings of unarmed citizens upon immediate entry.

9 The Justice Collaborative Institute. (2020). End No-Knock Raids.

11 Slack, K. (2017). Door-Busting Drug Raids Leave a Trail of Blood. The New York Times.

12 Santana v. Miami-Dade County., CASE NO. 14-CIV-20840-BLOOM/Valle (S.D. Fla. Aug. 28, 2015)

13 Cass v. City of Abilene, 814 F.3d 721 (5th Cir. 2016)

The Center for Justice Research (CJR) is issuing a series of action briefs offering concrete solutions to save lives, reduce police brutality, promote equal justice, and build safe, positive relations between police and the people they serve. Our first installment supports a zero-tolerance chokehold approach, and our second installment supports widespread duty to intervene policies.

In this report, we provide guidance on the ban of no-knock warrants in order to advance police reform and avoid unnecessary civilian and police danger.


Dr. Paul Elam, Chris Andrews, Dr. Warren Dukes, Dr. Jennifer Wyatt Bourgeois, and Bezel Taylor

Suggested Citation:

TSU Center for Justice Research:

(2021). Police Reform Action Brief: National Police Misconduct Database. Texas Southern University-

Center for Justice Research.

The Center for Justice Research, at Texas Southern University, is available to discuss how they can advise on evidence-based, effective police reform policies and practices on the national, state and local levels – concrete steps that law enforcement can take to bridge the racial divide. They can be reached at or 713-313-6843. You can follow the Center for Justice Research on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @cjresearchtsu.