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AMIR LOCKE

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Mekhi Speed, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder in the Jan. 10 killing of Otis Elder, 38.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights also found that Minneapolis police officers used covert social media accounts to monitor Black individuals and organizations, including political figures, for purposes unrelated to criminal activity. Human rights officials launched their investigation on June 1, 2020, just days after police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Last week, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison not to charge officer Mark Hanneman for killing the 22-year-old Black man.
A brief body camera excerpt released by the city after the shooting showed officers opening the door of the apartment where the 22-year-old Locke was staying. Officers did not knock before entering. Seconds later, Locke is seen stirring from underneath a blanket and holding a handgun just before he was shot.
Amir Locke’s killing drew attention to the dangers of no-knock warrants and led some lawmakers to propose a statewide ban. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also is implementing a policy that prohibits the use of no-knock warrants in all but the most extreme cases.
From the column: "A (2017) study ... showed that between 2010 and 2016, a total of 81 civilians and 13 police officers died in no-knock police raids. The same study indicated that twice as many officers died in no-knock-warrant situations compared to standard knock-and-announce warrant cases. No-knock laws must be repealed."

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No-knock warrants have been under increased scrutiny since the fatal police shooting of Amir Locke earlier this month in Minneapolis.
The midday funeral service was preceded with a viewing of Locke's open ivory casket that was draped with dozens of red roses on top. Gov. Tim Walz was among the many who walked to the casket's edge and viewed Locke's body.
Rev. Al Sharpton, who also spoke at the funerals of both George Floyd and Daunte Wright, will give remarks, as well as Locke's family and their attorney, Ben Crump.

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