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Officers Can Still Get No-Knock Warrants

BOSTON -- The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that police can't use a general fear of pit bulls to enter a home without knocking.

But the court said if police have additional reasons to fear for their safety, they can still get a no-knock search warrant.

A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday in the case of Luis Santiago, a Springfield man accused of receiving stolen property.
The court found that police had more reasons than just Santiago's pit bull to fear entering his home without knocking and announcing themselves. They also were concerned because of his violent arrest record and the use of his home for drug deals.

The court overturned an order granting his motion to suppress evidence seized during the search.
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