Friday, May 24 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:30:13 GMT
Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
November 28, 2006
Albany -- The FBI is now looking into the shooting death by Atlanta Police of an 88-year-old woman during a narcotics raid of her home. The officers were issued a "no-knock" search warrant, which allowed them to go into her home unannounced.
The Atlanta woman shot three officers when they kicked in her door, before they killed her in a shootout. The officers told a Judge an informant bought drugs at the woman's home to get that warrant.
Now the informant says police told him to lie after the shooting.
South Georgia law enforcement and Judges say no knock search warrants are necessary to fight crime, but know they must not be abused.
South Georgia law enforcement officers use no knock search warrants, but Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigator Craig Dodd says officers must prove to a judge a reason for one. "In order to get a no knock search warrant, you have to list for the judge who signs it very specific reasons. You can't get a no knock search warrant for just any reason."
The no knock search warrant allows Police to burst into your home or business with just an announcement of who they are. Chief Judge Loring Gray says requests for these warrants require serious thought. "We have the greatest respect for the Fourth Amendment and we believe in the sanctity of a person's property."
Dodd worked in drug task forces where he said no knock search warrants were needed. But he says officers are not eager to use them, because of the danger.
Former District Attorney Brown Moseley says, "No knock search warrants are at times absolutely necessary. But across the state, it's been very much abused."
With the attention brought by the investigation into the shooting death of Kathryn Johnston in Atlanta, Judge Gray says search warrants will be even more closely judged. "But it's something that will certainly be forefront in my mind when we start talking about no knock search warrants, or search warrants of any kind for that matter," the judge said.
Dodd says law enforcement officers need the no knock search warrants at times, for their safety. And says Police who abuse the policy hurt other law enforcers.
Kathryn Johnston was buried today. The Atlanta Police officers who raided her home are on paid leave while the shooting is investigated by the FBI.