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Minneapolis Bans No-Knock Warrants After Killing of Amir Locke

Bryan Dijkhuizen

The Minneapolis police department is no longer permitted to raid residences without first declaring their presence, such as by knocking on the door, to the occupants.

The mayor of a city in the United States has chosen to temporarily prohibit the use of so-called no-knock warrants. The cause for this is the killing of Amir Locke, who was shot and killed by police in his own house on Wednesday night.

The raid on the flat of the 22-year-old black guy was captured on bodycam video, which was released by police.

It demonstrates that heavily armed officers use a key to open the door to Locke's house and enter. When they enter, they announce that they are from the police department and that they have a search warrant.

According to the police, Locke pointed his gun at the officers, forcing them to make a split-second decision on whether or not there was a threat to life.

A few critics have stated that the bodycam film does not demonstrate where the firearm was directed.

It is also discovered that the police, in addition to murdering Locke, have also committed character murder by distributing images of Locke's fully loaded gun.

They contend that the police have painted a certain picture of the 22-year-old, even though he owned a valid firearm license and may have only drawn his pistol because he was startled by the sounds.

The mayor of Minneapolis has now ordered that no-knock warrants be issued by the police department. From now on, they will nearly always have to announce their raid in advance by banging on the door and then waiting a short period before proceeding.

They are only permitted to raid without warning in the event of an immediate threat, and only if the police chief has approved in advance.

Meanwhile, the mayor is collaborating with the police department to develop new raid guidelines. It is also examined how other cities, such as Louisville, are faring against the odds.

In that county, as part of the so-called Breonna law, no-knock warrants have been outlawed since the year 2020. A black woman who was shot and killed by police in her own home in early 2020 has inspired the legislation. Breonna Taylor is the inspiration behind it.

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