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Police union to state lawmakers: Don't mess with no-knock warrants

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Carrie Mills is a retired Atlanta Police officer with 30 years on the job - primarily in APD's drug unit.

Mills is now a union rep for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers. She considers herself an expert on search warrants, particularly no knock warrants, which allows officers to enter a structure without knocking first.

Mills says no-knock warrants helped close a lot of cases while she was an officer.

"If we knock and announced, all evidence is going to be destroyed," Mills said.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, (D-39), has announced plans to introduce a bill that would make it harder to get no-knock warrants.

Fort says he was moved to introduce his bill after 19-month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh was seriously injured when a flash grenade exploded near his face during a botched drug raid involving a no-knock warrant in Habersham County.

"We are saying there should be restrictions on them and we think the situation in the recent past where they have been abused warrants that," Fort said.

But Mills doesn't agree.

"I don't think any changes are needed because it is not easy now," Mills said.

Mills says law makers should be careful what they ask for.

"You have to draw the line between your right as a citizen to privacy and a community's right to live in a crime-free environment. You can't have them both," Mills said.

Fort says he hopes a bipartisan bill addressing no knock warrants will be passed this year.

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