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February 2017 Archives

What factors do North Carolina courts consider in child custody decisions? P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the best interests of the child concept, and some of the considerations that courts take into account when making child custody determinations. As we noted last time, courts do have significant discretion in child custody decisions, but can still be held accountable for abusing their discretion.

"Knock, Knock" or Not!

Police knocking down door.jpgOn Friday, February 3rd 2017 the Hickory Police Department was involved in a shooting in which one officer was shot and a citizen was killed. On February 11th the Hickory Daily Record reported that the encounter between the HPD and the citizen, involved a "No-Knock" search warrant for narcotics.

Hickory Officer Wounded & Local Resident Loses Life

Thumbnail image for william wetstone_hky record picture of scene.jpgThe first question that the Hickory Record and local media should ask, "did this incident, where one man died and another almost lost his life involve a "No-Knock" warrant and if so why"? No-Knock warrants are without question the most dangerous way for law enforcement to enter a residence. There are other ways to execute a warrant and safer ways to execute a warrant than a "No-Knock" situation. A "No-Knock", forceful entry; into a home (known to be occupied), especially by someone who may have a history of weapons convictions puts officer lives at risk. It should only be utilized as a last resort. I hope the officer in this incident has a successful recovery and I pray for him and his family. I also, pray for the young man's (who lost his life) family, friends and loved ones. When a life is taken in our community at the hands of another it is a tragic event no matter the circumstances. I hope our local television and print media follows up on this story and asks the appropriate questions as to how this confrontation in this man's home unfolded. Our officers' and citizens' lives are too important to not explore every precaution/avenue available when dealing with these types of life threatening situations.

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