In Minnesota, prosecutors have declined to bring criminal charges against the Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Amir Locke while executing a no-knock warrant on February 2. Body-camera video of the incident shows Locke appeared to be asleep on a couch and wrapped in a blanket when a SWAT team entered the apartment where he was staying. Locke reached for a handgun that he legally owned and was shot three times by white police officer Mark Hanneman, who opened fire less than nine seconds into the raid. Locke’s mother, Karen Wells, spoke Wednesday after learning her son’s killer would not face charges.
Karen Wells: “I am angry. I am mad. I am disgusted with Minneapolis, Minnesota. This country is still a disappointment in 2022. We have rights. We vote. We carry legal firearms. And y’all still think that we don’t matter. Amir is more than a hashtag. We are going to continue the fight for the no-knock warrant bans in honor of his name, for Breonna Taylor. This cannot happen to nobody else.”