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Mayor of Minneapolis Suspends ‘No-Knock’ Warrants After Another Police Killing of a Black Man

Mayor of Minneapolis Suspends ‘No-Knock’ Warrants After Another Police Killing of a Black Man

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced on Friday a moratorium on no-knock warrants after police fatally shot a 22-year-old Black man during a raid on an apartment. A no-knock warrant authorizes police officers to enter a property without first knocking and announcing their presence.

The Minneapolis Police Department released video and a still image showing the man, Amir Locke, holding a gun as he twisted around beneath a blanket after being roused by officers who entered the apartment on Wednesday to carry out a search warrant. The video of Locke’s arrest, which was released on Thursday, shows police unlocking his apartment with a key, and officers shouting, “Police, search warrant, get on the ground, get on the f*cking ground,” as they entered. An officer then kicks at the couch where Locke was lying and as Locke turns, an arm comes out from beneath the blanket, showing a gun held in the hand. Almost immediately, police fired at least three shots.

 

Locke’s death brought back the memory of Breonna Taylor, the Black woman who was shot and killed in another no-knock incident when armed police raided her Kentucky apartment in March 2020. Her death, which preceded the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by only two months, was a major force behind the Black Lives Matter protests that overtook many American cities that summer.

Locke was not named in the search warrant, which was issued in relation to a homicide investigation that is being run by the neighboring Saint Paul Police Department, Minneapolis Police Department interim chief Amelia Huffman said on Thursday. According to the family’s lawyers, Locke had no criminal history and legally possessed a firearm at the time of his death.

“To ensure the safety of both the public and officers until a new policy is crafted, I’m issuing a moratorium on both the request and execution of such warrants in Minneapolis,” Frey said in a statement.

The incident is just the latest to put the Minneapolis police department under scrutiny at a time when it can’t afford any more blemishes to its reputation. The three police officers who were also involved in George Floyd’s murder along with Derek Chauvin are currently sitting for their own trial in the matter.

 

 

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