A funeral service will be held Thursday in Minneapolis for Amir Locke, the 22-year-old black man shot dead by Minneapolis police executing a search warrant earlier this month.
MINNEAPOLIS — The funeral of Amir Locke, the 22-year-old black man who was shot dead by Minneapolis police executing a search warrant, will be held Thursday at the church that hosted Daunte Wright’s funeral last April.
Reverend Al Sharpton, who also performed Wright’s funeral days after the young black man was shot by a suburban Minneapolis police officer, will officiate Locke’s services at Shiloh Temple International Ministries.
Locke’s family has scheduled a public viewing at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m.
Locke was shot by a member of the SWAT team on February 2 while officers were serving a search warrant in a homicide case in St. Paul shortly before 7 a.m. stay, then shout their presence. The video shows Locke, wrapped in a duvet, fidgeting and holding a handgun just before an officer shoots him.
Locke was not named in the warrants. Family members called his murder an “execution”, noting that the video shows an officer kicking the sofa and suggested Locke had suddenly woken up and was disoriented. They demanded that Minnesota lawmakers ban no-knock warrants statewide.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has imposed a moratorium on those terms while the city reviews its policy. The State Bureau of Criminal Arrest is investigating Locke’s shooting.