Georgia Eyes Ban on No-Knock Warrants, Changes in Citizen Arrest Law

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Georgia lawmakers are working this year on legislation to change Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law, ban no-knock arrest warrants, and lower employment barriers for residents on probation, reports the Moultrie Observer. Multiple bills supported by Democrats range from straight-forward changes such as more training for officers in de-escalation techniques and a ban on using choke holds during arrests, to more complicated overhauls including a citizen-led review board for officer-involved shootings and outlawing private prisons. Democrats are aiming to build on momentum after state lawmakers passed a bill last summer to boost penalties for hate crimes in Georgia. Revisions to the state’s citizen’s arrest law, stemming from the shooting death last year of Ahmaud Arbery, look most likely to gain passage in the General Assembly. Scrapping no-knock warrants may be a step too far for public safety-minded Republicans concerned about changing laws based on passionate reactions to high-profile deaths like those of Arbery, Taylor and George Floyd in Minnesota last year.

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