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Topeka City Council bans use of police no-knock warrants


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka City Council has banned the use of no-knock warrants by law enforcement within city limits.

The council voted 8-to-1 Tuesday night to adopt the ordinance banning the controversial practice, the Capital-Journal reported. Police Chief Bill Cochran has said this department already had a policy of not allowing no-knock warrants before the ban was made local law.

A no-knock warrant is an order from a judge that allows police to enter a home without ringing a doorbell or banging on the door. The practice has come under increasing scrutiny following the March 13...

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