When will the deadly practice of no-knock warrants finally be abolished nationwide? It appears that after Amir Locke’s unnecessary death at the hands of Minneapolis cops during a no-knock raid, we’re not much closer to that day, despite rhetoric at the federal and local levels.
Protests continue across Minneapolis after police shot and killed Amir Locke, a 22-year-old Black man, while executing a no-knock search warrant last week.
Body camera footage shows a SWAT team entering an apartment just before 7 a.m. Wednesday without knocking. Instead, officers used a key and shouted "police search warrant."
In the video, police approach a couch where Locke appears to be asleep under a blanket, then Locke can be seen stirring under the blanket and holding a gun. Police open fire, about nine seconds after they entered the apartment, Minnesota Public Radio reports.
Authorities say Locke was not the subject of the search warrant, which was tied to a St. Paul homicide investigation. Locke's family says he was a food delivery driver and had a permit to carry the gun.