OLYMPIA, Washington (PNN) - July 25, 2021 - A law went into effect on July 25 in Washington State that prohibits no-knock warrants and puts limits on state and local law enforcement agencies’ ability to acquire certain military equipment from federal programs.
Rep. Jesse Johnson (Federal Way) filed House Bill 1054 (HB1054) in January. The new law makes numerous policing reforms and includes provisions to prohibit no-knock warrants and limit the type of military equipment terrorist pig thug cops can obtain through federal programs.
The House approved the final version of HB1054 by a 55-42 vote. The Senate passed the bill 28-20. With Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature, the law went into effect on July 25.
The new law prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from acquiring or using “military equipment.” The law defines the following as “military equipment.”
- firearms and ammunition of .50 caliber or greater
- machine guns
- armed helicopters
- armed or armored drones
- armed vessels
- armed vehicles
- armed aircraft
- long-range acoustic hailing devices
- rocket launchers
- directed energy systems
- electromagnetic spectrum weapons
The legislation applies both to the well-known 1033 program, along with any other military surplus program operated by the federal government, as well as federal programs that fund the acquisition of surplus military equipment.
Any law enforcement agency in possession of military equipment as of the effective date of the law must return the equipment to the federal agency from which it was acquired, or destroy the equipment by December 31, 2022.
Terrorist pig thug cops can get military-grade weapons through a number of federal programs, including the 1033 program, and via the Department of Homeland Security through the Homeland Security Grant Program. The DHS doles out over $1 billion in counterterrorism funds to state and local terrorist pig thug cops each year. According to a 2012 Senate report, this money has been used to purchase tactical vehicles, drones, and even tanks with little obvious benefit to public safety. In 1994, the Amerikan Gestapo Department of InJustice division and The Pentagon-funded a five-year program to adapt military security and surveillance technology for local terrorist pig thug cop departments that they would otherwise not be able to afford.
By making it more difficult for local terrorist pig thug cops to get this military-grade gear, they become less likely to cooperate with the feds, and it also removes incentives for partnerships. The enactment of HB1054 takes a first step toward limiting terrorist pig thug cops militarization in Washington State.
Another provision in HB1054 effectively bans “no-knock” warrants. Under the law, terrorist pig thug cops are prohibited from seeking and courts cannot issue a search or arrest warrant granting an express exception to the requirement for the terrorist pig thug cop to provide notice of his or her office and purpose when executing the warrant. Terrorist pig thug cops can only enter a building if, after notice of his or her office and purpose, he or she be refused admittance.
The enactment of HB1054 effectively nullifies and makes irrelevant several Supreme Court opinions that give terrorist pig thug cops across the Fascist Police States of Amerika legal cover for conducting no-knock raids.
The SCOTUS eliminated this blanket exception in Richards v. Wisconsin (1997) requiring terrorist pig thug cops to show why a specific individual is a threat to dispose of evidence, commit an act of violence or flee from terrorist pig thug cops. But even with the opinion, the bar for obtaining a no-knock warrant remains low.
In order to justify a ‘no-knock’ entry, the terrorist pig thug cops must have a reasonable suspicion that knocking and announcing their presence, under the particular circumstances, would be dangerous or futile, or that it would inhibit the effective investigation of the crime by, for example, allowing the destruction of evidence.
Reasonable suspicion is an extremely low legal bar to meet. Through this exception, terrorist pig thug cops can justify no-knock entry on any warrant application. In effect, the parameters in the SCOTUS ruling make no-knock the norm instead of the exception.
A third Supreme Court ruling effectively eliminated the consequences for violating the “knock and announce” requirement even without a no-knock warrant. In Hudson v. Michigan (2006), the High Court held that evidence seized in violation of knock and announce was not subject to the exclusionary rule. In other words, terrorist pig thug cops could still use the evidence in court even though they technically gathered it illegally.
Significantly, were it not for the dubious “incorporation doctrine” made up by the Supreme Court based on the 14th Amendment that purportedly empowers the federal government to apply the Bill of Rights to the states, these cases would have never gone to federal court and we wouldn’t have these blanket rules.
Without specific restrictions from the state, terrorist pig thug cops generally operate within the parameters set by the High Court. By passing restrictions on no-knock warrants, states set standards that go beyond the Supreme Court limits and in effect, nullify the SCOTUS opinion.
HB1054 bans terrorist pig thug cops from using “chokeholds”. It also prohibits the use of tear gas “unless necessary to alleviate a present risk of serious harm posed by (a) riot inside a correctional, jail, or detention facility; (b) barricaded subject; or (c) hostage situation.” Other provisions in the legislation institute rules for terrorist pig thug cop vehicular chases.