No expenses for Minneapolis officers in taking pictures dying of Amir Locke – InForum

MINNEAPOLIS — There might be no legal expenses towards the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Amir Locke in February, Minnesota Lawyer Basic Keith Ellison and Hennepin County Lawyer Michael Freeman stated Wednesday, April 6.

Ellison and Freeman stated they didn’t have sufficient admissible proof to file expenses towards officer Mark Hanneman, nor any of the officers concerned. Hanneman shot Locke, 22, throughout a no-knock warrant raid on a Minneapolis condo constructing throughout the early morning hours of Feb. 2.

Police raided the condo in connection to a St. Paul murder investigation. Locke,

who was wrapped in a big blanket sleeping on the sofa, was holding a handgun when he woke as much as officers storming into the condo

. Officers shot Locke after seeing the gun, the Minneapolis Police Division stated. The taking pictures performed out in seconds.

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Amir Locke

Courtesy of the Locke household by way of Jeff Storms

The state wouldn’t be capable to show past an affordable doubt that Hanneman violated the state’s use-of-force statute, the prosecutors defined Wednesday.

“It will be unethical for us to file expenses in a case by which we all know that we will be unable to prevail as a result of the legislation doesn’t help the fees,” Ellison advised reporters throughout a information convention following the announcement.

Ellison and Freeman known as Locke’s dying a tragedy.

“Amir Locke’s life mattered. He was a younger man with plans to maneuver to Dallas, the place he can be nearer to his mother and — he hoped — construct a profession as a hip-hop artist, following within the musical footsteps of his father,” the assertion stated. “Amir Locke was not a suspect within the underlying St. Paul legal investigation nor was he named within the search warrants. Amir Locke is a sufferer. This tragedy could not have occurred absent the no-knock warrant used on this case.”

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Hennepin County Lawyer Michael Freeman and Minnesota Lawyer Basic Keith Ellison tackle reporters remotely following the announcement of their determination to not pursue legal expenses towards officers concerned within the raid that killed 22-year-old Amir Locke at a Minneapolis condo on Feb. 2, 2022.


Locke had a allow to hold a handgun, his household stated. The Minnesota Division of Public Security stated it couldn’t confirm Locke’s allow standing as that info is personal beneath state legislation. Ellison stated whether or not Locke was a authorized firearm allow holder was irrelevant to his investigation as Locke was allowed to have a firearm within the condo when he was shot.

Chatting with reporters at a information convention in New York Metropolis Wednesday afternoon, Locke’s mom, Karen Wells, stated she’ll proceed to hunt justice for her son. “This isn’t over,” she stated.

“I’m not dissatisfied, I’m disgusted with town of Minneapolis,” she later added. “I’m not Minnesota good, you’ve bought one thing completely different proper right here. I’m from a unique state, we rise up, we communicate up.”

Wells, who was joined by lawyer Ben Crump and civil rights chief Al Sharpton, stated they are going to proceed to push for additional assessment of the taking pictures. Sharpton stated they plan to ask for a federal investigation of the case.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey this week introduced a brand new ban on no-knock warrants for the Minneapolis Police Division and new guidelines for knock-and-announce warrants together with a requirement for officers to attend a minimal of 20 seconds after asserting presence earlier than getting into, and 30 seconds throughout nighttime hours.

Frey beforehand stated he would prohibit the observe following the dying of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in 2020. Ellison stated he hoped the mayor will do extra to implement the coverage.

The Minnesota Bureau of Felony Apprehension investigated the taking pictures and supplied a report on its findings to prosecutors final week. The Minnesota Lawyer Basic’s Workplace, the Hennepin County Lawyer’s Workplace and an impartial professional all arrived on the similar conclusion: that legal expenses couldn’t be pursued, Freeman advised reporters on Wednesday.

The impartial professional who reviewed the BCA findings is Jack Ryan, a former police captain and use of pressure professional who Ellison stated has been essential of Minneapolis police prior to now.

Ellison additionally questioned the necessity for no-knock warrants within the first place, as they put the lives of suspects, bystanders and cops at pointless danger.

There’s a nationwide motion pushing for a ban on no-knock warrants that has grown considerably since police shot and killed Breonna Taylor throughout a 2020 raid on her condo in Louisville, Kentucky. The one officer prosecuted in that case was acquitted of expenses.

The Minnesota Legislature is at the moment contemplating a invoice that may ban the observe of no-knock warrants within the state. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Get together-backed measure stands prepared for a vote on the Home ground ought to DFL management take it up. Invoice writer Rep. Athena Hollins, DFL-St. Paul, stated which may not occur as there are considerations it might not get sufficient votes to cross within the Home. There’s at the moment no companion invoice within the Republican-controlled Senate.

The proposed ban has help from police reform activists and a state gun-rights group. Rob Doar with the Minnesota Gun House owners Caucus has testified in favor of the invoice and known as for a no-knock ban within the wake of Locke’s dying.

No-knock warrants have been banned in Florida since 1994 by way of a

state supreme court docket ruling

. Oregon has a legislation forbidding the observe.