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AMIR LOCKE

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.
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.

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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.
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.
A Senate committee on Thursday advanced the bill on party lines, advancing it to the Senate floor for a vote.
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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While police reform activists testifying Friday, Feb. 4, at the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee expressed overall support for the DFL’s public safety bill, they told representatives that a week is too long of a wait for grieving families.
The governor on Friday announced that the move came in response to a request from the City of St. Paul. The order would also allow National Guard members to assist police in Minneapolis following the shooting of Amir Locke.
The incident will inevitably stoke memories of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed in the same city almost two years ago by a white officer who knelt on his neck for over nine minutes during an arrest.

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