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Hundreds gather in Minnesota to mourn Amir Locke, killed by police in unfired raid By Reuters


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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Students take part in a statewide strike demanding justice for Amir Locke, a black man who was shot dead by Minneapolis police, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., on August 8 February 2022. REUTERS/Tim Evans/File Photo

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By Tyler Clifford

(Reuters) – Hundreds of people are expected to gather on Thursday to mourn Amir Locke, a black man killed by law enforcement in a Minneapolis apartment in a no-hit raid, the latest in a series of killings to stir up outrage over the police treatment of racial minorities.

Reverend Al Sharpton, the prominent civil rights activist, will deliver a eulogy for Locke after a public screening at a church in Minneapolis, a metro area where two high-profile murders of black men have drawn national attention in the past few years. last two years.

The service for Locke will be held at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, the same church where Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in a nearby suburb, was memorialized in April 2021.

Wright’s death came about a year after the murder of George Floyd, who died when a Minneapolis police officer used his knee to pin Floyd’s neck to the ground in May 2020. Floyd’s death, captured on video that has gone viral , sparked a summer of protests over racial injustice in the United States and abroad.

The circumstances surrounding Locke’s fatal encounter with police mirror those of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who was shot dead by police during a raid on her Kentucky apartment. Taylor was not the subject of that search warrant.

In Locke’s case, he was shot dead by police who obtained a restraining warrant to search the apartment as part of a homicide investigation. He was not named in the warrant.

A few days after his death on February 2, police released video footage of the raid. It showed Locke holding a gun as he writhed under a blanket on a couch after being woken up by officers. Police say he pointed his gun at officers before they opened fire. Locke’s family disputes this.

Demonstrations in downtown Minneapolis have drawn hundreds of protesters demanding justice and a ban on no-knock warrants.

Protest activists said Locke was entitled to possess a gun in his own home and was never given the option to disarm himself in the chaotic times as police stormed into his apartment without warning.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has imposed a moratorium on such research, and some state lawmakers are seeking to enact legislation to limit it.

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