Minneapolis Police Kills Sleeping Black Man While Executing No-Knock Warrant

team of SWAT officers killed Amir Locke on Wednesday
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A controversial police shooting in Minneapolis is under review after a team of SWAT officers killed Amir Locke on Wednesday seconds after they burst into an apartment to serve a no-knock warrant.

"Amir Locke's life mattered," Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement sent to NPR. "He was only 22 years old and had his whole life ahead of him."

Ellison says his office is working with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office to review and decide whether to bring criminal charges in the case, which comes less than two years after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd.

Seconds before police killed him Wednesday morning, Locke appeared to be asleep on a couch, under a blanket.

The video from an officer-worn camera shows that Locke, who is Black, had a gun in his hand. But both the authorities and Locke's attorneys agree that he was not the subject of the warrant that police were attempting to execute.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner released a statement on Locke's death Friday, stating that he "died of multiple gunshot wounds and manner of death is homicide."

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