No-Knock Search Warrant Goes Wrong in Rockford

Sep 9, 2020

A Rockford couple says authorities broke through their door during a botched raid. Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco has more:  



On August 20th, members of the State Line Area Narcotics Team used a search warrant for the property on Hancock Street to enter the home of Travis Legge. The Rockford Register Star confirmed later that the search warrant was based on information that illegal cannabis sales occurred at the listed address.


Legge says it’s not true. “The warrant was inaccurate, illegal and executed poorly.”


At the end of the day, Legge says he’s one of the lucky ones. He says that things could have gone very differently. He says, “they came in here with their guns drawn ready and ready to shoot somebody. I have no doubt in my mind if I was a Black man I'd have been dead.” 


The search didn’t turn up anything illegal, and the authorities left after about 11 hours. Legge says he has contacted legal representation. 


  • Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco is a 2020 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project which is a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms.