With a typical search warrant, police are supposed to knock and announce themselves. But with no-knock warrants, police can force their way into people’s homes without warning.
Hosted by Jenn Abelson and Nicole Dungca, “Broken Doors” is a six-part investigative podcast about how no-knock warrants are deployed in the American justice system — and what happens when accountability is flawed at every level.
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“Broken Doors” is part of The Post’s Unaccountable series that examines policing in America amid the push for reform.
What differentiates a no-knock search warrant: Criminal justice experts estimate that police carry out tens of thousands of no-knock raids every year in the United States. Read the FAQ
No-knock raids have led to fatal encounters and small drug seizures: Judges routinely authorize requests for the surprise raids with little apparent scrutiny of claims by officers. Read the story.
When the sheriff waged a war on drugs: An investigation into no-knock raids in Mississippi revealed allegations that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office had abused its power and trampled on the rights of residents. Read the story.
Behind the story: A conversation on how we produced “Broken Doors” and the power of audio storytelling. Read the Q&A.
Washington Post Live: Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford in conversation with “Broken Doors” host Nicole Dungca. Watch here.