BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $250,000 to the father of a Maryland man killed by a SWAT team serving a search warrant at his home.

The Baltimore jury last week found that four officers from the Cambridge police department violated Andrew Cornish’s constitutional rights by failing to “knock and announce” their presence.

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The officers entered Cornish’s apartment at 4:30 a.m. on May 6, 2005 to search for evidence of illegal drugs. The lawsuit says Cornish was awakened by the intrusion, grabbed a knife for protection and was shot in the head.

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Terrell Roberts, a lawyer for Cornish’s father, Andrew Kane, said it was an abusive practice to send SWAT officers early in the morning to execute a search warrant.

A lawyer for the officers didn’t return calls seeking comment.

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