Thousands of people are expected to gather on Thursday to mourn Amir Locke, a Black man killed by white policemen while he was asleep in his own apartment. This is the latest in a series of killings of innocent Black men and women to spark outrage over police treatment and targeting of African American men, women, and children.
The service for Locke will take place at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, the same church where Daunte Wright, shot and killed during a traffic stop in a nearby suburb, was memorialized in April 2021.
Wright’s death came about a year after the killing of George Floyd, who died when a Minneapolis police officer used his knee to pin Floyd’s neck to the ground in May 2020. Floyd’s death, captured on a video that went viral, sparked a summer of protests over racial injustice across the United States and abroad.
The circumstances around Locke’s fatal encounter with police mirrors that of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who police fatally shot during a raid on her Kentucky apartment. Taylor was not the subject of that no-knock search warrant.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey claimed he has placed a moratorium on such searches, but an Afro World News study reveals that 90% of No-Knock warrants were issued targeting Black families.
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