Caravan calls for Minneapolis police chief’s resignation following Amir Locke’s death
Gwen Baumgardner: MINNESOTA’S ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS BEEN CALLED IN TO DECIDE AFTER A MINNEAPOLIS SWAT TEAM SHOT AND KILLED A MAN SECONDS AFTER ENTERING AN APARTMENT THIS WEEK.
POLICE SAY THEY WERE SERVING A SEARCH WARRANT IN CONNECTION TO A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION WHEN THEY ENTERED THE APARTMENT WITH AMIR LOCKE.
LET’S GO BACK TO THE VIDEO…WHERE YOU CAN SEE.
AN OFFICER USING A KEY TO UNLOCK THE DOOR.
THEN OFFICERS SHOUT, “POLICE, SEARCH WARRANT!”
MEANWHILE, LOCK IS WRAPPED IN A BLANKET ON THE SOFA. HE MOVES, WHILE HOLDING A PISTOL.
THREE SHOTS ARE HEARD, AND THE VIDEO ENDS.
ATTORNEYS FOR LOCKE’S FAMILY SAY THEY ARE QUOTE “JUST FLABBERGASTED AT THE FACT THAT AMIR WAS KILLED IN THIS WAY”.
THE SHOOTING REIGNITES THE DEBATE OVER NO-KNOCK WARRANTS — WHICH ALSO OCCURRED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF BREONNA TAYLOR.
Anthony RomanuccI // Attorney for Locke family: “They keyed in and announced themselves after they crossed the threshold while they were inside the apartment. This is the definition of no knock. Their announcement, they didn’t announce anyone’s name. All they announced was that they were there executing a warrant, waking somebody out of sleep while lawfully possessing a gun.”
Gwen Baumgardner: MINNESOTA’S ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS ASKED TO HELP REVIEW THIS CASE FOR POSSIBLE CHARGES AGAINST THE OFFICERS.
LAST YEAR, THE AG’S OFFICE PROSECUTED FORMER MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER DEREK CHAUVIN — WHO WAS CONVICTED OF MURDERING GEORGE FLOYD — AS WELL AS FORMER OFFICER KIM POTTER — WHO WAS CONVICTED IN THE DEATH OF DAUNTE WRIGHT.