Minneapolis Mayor Halts ‘No-Knock’ Warrants after Police Fatally Shoot Man

Police bodycam footage of Amir Lock
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a moratorium on no-knock warrants in the city following the fatal police shooting of Amir Locke, 22, who was a legal gun owner. Police body-cam footage showed Locke covered in a blanket, appearing to be sleeping on the couch, awakening, and holding a gun, when a Minneapolis Police Department SWAT team served a no-knock search warrant as part of a homicide investigation. Locke was not named in the search warrant. He was shot three times and died within minutes. There is a dispute whether the police announced their presence before entering, which is the official policy.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a moratorium on both the request and execution of no-knock warrants in the city on Friday following the fatal police shooting of Amir Locke this week.

“No matter what information comes to light, it won’t change the fact that Amir Locke’s life was cut short,” Frey said in a statement, CBS Minnesota reports. “To ensure 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.”

There is one exception to the moratorium: when there is “an imminent threat of harm to an individual or the public,” the mayor’s office said. In such a case, the warrant would need to be approved by the Interim Chief Amelia Huffman. In all other cases, warrants must be executed with officers knocking on a door, announcing their presence, and waiting a reasonable time before entering.

Locke, 22, was fatally shot Wednesday morning in a downtown apartment after a SWAT team burst in the door, executing a no-knock warrant. Locke, who was wrapped in a blanket on a couch at the time, sat up with a gun, body-camera video of the shooting showed. Locke, a legal gun owner, was shot three times, and died minutes later.

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Milton Farrow
Milton Farrow
9 months ago

What is it going to take to stop police departments from killing the wrong suspect?

Milton Farrow
Milton Farrow
9 months ago

Quote Dr Rosenberg on “Gain Of Function”– “It’s Reckless and Irresponsible”
No Dr. Rosenberg IT IS CRIMINAL and Fauci and his madmen need be held accountable to the full extent of the law or MORE