- Associated Press - Thursday, February 2, 2017

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina city is weighing whether it can stop police from conducting no-knock raids after man died in a hail of bullets after officers stormed a home.

The Salisbury Post reports (https://bit.ly/2kxTHps) the city’s attorney was told to ask North Carolina’s attorney general for an opinion of whether council members can suspend specific police tactics.

The decision follows the November death of Ferguson Laurent Jr. The 22-year-old was shot 10 times by police serving a search warrant. Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes said Laurent fired once at officers.

A no-knock search warrant authorizes police to enter a building without first announcing their presence or purpose. They are issued when police or others could be put at risk by an announced entry, or when objects being sought could be destroyed.

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Information from: Salisbury Post, https://www.salisburypost.com

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