Knock First Minnesota
Pictured above: Sarah Murtada, Yastril Nañez, Jess Palyan, Kathryn Quinlan, and Christiane Dos Santos at the Justice for Amir Locke & All Stolen Lives demonstration.
Knock First Minnesota is a non-partisan initiative created by the Community Justice Project of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. The mission of this initiative is to ban the use of no-knock warrants in Minnesota through comprehensive legislation. Our vision is that every Minnesotan will have the opportunity to answer the door.
Knock First Minnesota takes a non-partisan approach to achieving the abolishment of no-knock warrants due to the bi-partisan nature of Minnesota’s state government. Knock First Minnesota believes the abolishment of no-knock warrants is a universal issue which can only be solved by gaining support from people of all political beliefs.
Model Legislation Changes:
Excited Delirium and the Dangers of Chemical and Physical Restraint
Originating with the infamous Minneapolis Ketamine Studies in 2018, this project explores the dangers of both chemical and physical restraint and the controversial diagnosis of Excited Delirium. The project aims to remove Excited Delirium from police and medical training and restrict the use of dangerous restraints.
Excited Delirium: How A Controversial Disease is Used to Justify Police Violence: Expert Panel January 11, 2022
Student moderators Jess Palyan and Kathryn Quinlan (UST Law '22) are joined by: Dr. Michael Freeman; Dr. Brant Mittler; Commissioner Abigail Cerra, Chair of the Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC); and Communities United Against Police Brutality founder Michelle Gross to explore the history and misuse of the diagnosis, as well as exploring solutions to this issue.
Legal Rights Center Trial Legal Education pt.9 - Excited Delirium
Our community partner, The Legal Rights Center, in conjunction with Line Break Media, produced this video on Excited Delirium in preparation for the Derek Chauvin trial in 2021. Law student practitioner research on the topic was provided to the LRC to assist in the making of this informative video.