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AMIR LOCKE

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.
The file contains 828 pages of documents, dozens of photos, interview transcripts and body camera video related to the Feb. 2 shooting of Locke, who was sleeping on a couch inside a downtown Minneapolis apartment when officers barged in looking for evidence connected to an earlier St. Paul homicide.
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.

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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.
The decision comes about a month after activists gathered in City Hall to raise concerns about how Frey and police officials had responded to the death of 22-year-old Locke, whose killing in February reignited a national debate on the use of no-knock warrants and scrutiny of the mayor's track record on police accountability issues.
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.
During a news conference at the Minnesota Capitol, families affected by police violence called on lawmakers to pass a bill to end unannounced police searches.

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A Senate committee on Thursday advanced the bill on party lines, advancing it to the Senate floor for a vote.
If we believe Americans have a right to be secure in their homes and to defend themselves, then we cannot accept that Locke deserved to die because he grabbed a gun when someone kicked in his door.
Less than a week after Locke's shooting at the hands of Minneapolis police, lawmakers called for limiting instances when unannounced search warrants would be granted.

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