James Bell and other members of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance plan to hold a rally at the Habersham County Court House on Saturday.
"We want to put an end to no-knock warrants or at least a look at a new policy dealing with no knock warrants. Perhaps we can limit it to life and death situations only," said Bell.
The controversial warrants, which many law enforcement agencies say help get dangerous criminals off the street, allow authorities to enter a building when serving a warrant, without first knocking. The warrants are back in the spotlight after 19-month-old Bou Bou Phonesavanh was critically injured in a failed drug raid at a Habersham County home last week. Authorities working with a no knock warrant used a flash bang grenade to enter a suspected drug house. The grenade landed in Phonesavanh's playpen and went off inches from his face and body. Sheriff's deputies found no drugs or drug suspects inside.
"Tomorrow's rally is really a coalition of citizens and individuals and organizations across Georgia who are coming together to express our concern about what took place," said Bell.
"If the scrutiny is not where it needs to be, mistakes can be made just like they were with Phonesavanh in Habersham County and Kathryn Johnson in Atlanta and countless other cases," said State Sen. Vincent Fort, (D) 39th District.
A previous engagement will keep Fort from attending the rally, but he said he supports the cause.
"I think what you are going to see tomorrow is people saying to the state senate and the state house and the governor do the right thing. Pass a law that will put restraints on how these no knock warrants are issued," said Fort.
"We can't fix what happened in the past, but maybe moving forward we can come up with better policies that protect our neighborhoods and police," Bell said.
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