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Minneapolis Prosecutor Won’t Bring Charges Against Officers Who Killed Autistic Man

HeadlineAug 06, 2020

In Minnesota, Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman on Wednesday declined to press charges against Minneapolis police officers who shot and killed an autistic man in a mental health crisis inside the home of his grandparents as they looked on.

On August 31 of last year, the grandfather of 21-year-old Kobe Dimock-Heisler called 911 to report his grandson threatened him with a small knife. When police arrived at the home, family members told the officers they were no longer needed because the situation had calmed down. Four officers entered the home anyway, and after an altercation, two of the officers fired three rounds each at Dimock-Heisler, killing him.

On Wednesday, Amity Dimock-Heisler condemned the DA’s decision not to bring charges against the officers who killed her son.

Amity Dimock-Heisler: “You can’t deescalate an already deescalated situation. The call had been reversed. They should not have come. They made the decision to come and do whatever they do, which was deescalate the situation, and then ended up putting my son down like an animal. There’s more I want to say, but I can’t.”

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