Prosecutors announced on April 6 that they will not file charges against the Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Amir Locke, a 22-year-old Black man, during a no-knock warrant raid in February.
Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement that they declined to file criminal charges against officer Mark Hanneman in Locke’s death because there was “insufficient admissible evidence” after “a thorough review.”
“Specifically, the state would be unable to disprove beyond a reasonable doubt any of the elements of Minnesota’s use-of-deadly-force statute that authorizes the use of force by Officer Hanneman,” Freeman and Ellison said.
The prosecutors added that the state would also not be able to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that a criminal charge against any other officer in the “decision-making that led to the death of Amir Locke.”
The prosecutors acknowledged that Locke was not named in the search warrant and that he was not a suspect in the criminal investigation that led to his death.
Locke’s death “may not have occurred absent the no-knock warrant used in this case,” the prosecutors added.
Officers stormed into an apartment where Locke was staying on Feb. 2. Hanneman shot an armed Locke three times in less than 10 seconds.
At a press conference after the release of the statement, Locke’s mother Karen Wells said she was “not disappointed — I am disgusted with the city of Minneapolis.”
Locke’s family’s legal team said in a statement that the decision “is only the latest reminder that we must work even harder to protect and obtain equal justice and accountability for our communities of color.”
“No family should ever suffer like Amir’s again,” civil attorneys Ben Crump, Jeff Storms, and Antonio Romanucci said.
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