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Former Killeen Councilman is Speaking Out on "No Knock" Policies

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KILLEEN, TX - (KCEN) – Larry Cole, who served as a Killeen city councilmember from 2006-2012, is speaking out against the "no knock" policy used by the Killeen Police Department.

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Cole spoke for three minutes encouraging the council and public to do more.

“It doesn't do good for them [the public] to talk amongst themselves,” said Cole.

“No knock” is a type of warrant that gives police the power to enter into the home without announcing themselves first. It was used during the May 9th drug raid where Killeen detective Chuck Dinwiddie was shot, and died a few days later.  

According to the search warrant, police were raiding Marvin Louis Guy’s home in search of cocaine and other drug paraphernalia. The documents states “information provided by a reliable and credible informant was corroborated through surveillance and other means of independent investigation.”

It goes on to say “the informant has reported that Guy is frequently armed with a handgun and accompanied by other individuals.” A “no knock” entry was requested and a judged signed off on the warrant.

Swat members and officers then carried out the warrant at around 5:30 a.m. Four officers were shot during the raid. Officer Dinwiddie died the following Sunday, one officer was shot in the leg and is recovering; the other two were protected by their gear.

A few weeks after Dinwiddie’s death, Cole wrote emails to the city councilmembers and the mayor asking them to investigate why a “no knock” entry was allowed in the case. He also asked them to stop the use of this tactic during hours of darkness.


Cole only received responses from Killeen mayor Scott Cosper and councilmember Steve Harris. During his three minutes, Cole said the lack of responses should indicate to the public, that the council is not as concerned about the “no knock” policy.

“We have a policeman killed using in my view an unnecessary tactic,” said Cole. “I know the police department, the sheriff department, every depart in the state of Texas is going to defend it and say they got to have it. I don’t think so”

The city council was not allowed to address Cole’s statement. When KCEN asked for councilmembers’ responses after the meeting, they said they couldn’t speak specifically about “no knock” until the city’s internal investigation is completed.

We asked the Killeen Police Department for are a response on the “no knock” policy and Cole’s intentions to speak on the issue at city council. KPD decline any comment.

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