The police killing of Amir Locke

Minneapolis police officers serving a search warrant in a downtown apartment building fatally shot Amir Locke on Feb. 2. In police body camera footage Locke, 22, can been seen stirring from under a blanket on a couch and then holding a gun as he starts to move, just before he is shot about nine seconds after the police enter.

The city identified police officer Mark Hanneman as the officer who fired on Locke. City records say Hanneman started working at the Police Department in August 2015. The search warrant was tied to a St. Paul homicide investigation. Locke was not named in the search warrant.

Activists have been critical of initial statements by Minneapolis officials. Attorneys Jeff Storms and Ben Crump, who represented George Floyd’s family following his killing, are representing Locke’s family.

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