Amir Locke tragedy is an argument for respecting gun rights


MINOT, N.D. — There are protests in Minneapolis again around another Black man who died at the hands of the police.

This time the victim is Amir Locke, a 22-year-old man who was shot and killed Feb. 2 during a no-knock raid. The cops were executing a search warrant related to a homicide investigation.

Locke was not a suspect in the investigation. He wasn’t even a resident of the home being raided. He was staying there with a cousin.

Body cam footage released last week shows police kicking open the door to the apartment Locke was staying in. He is seen to be sleeping on a sofa covered in a blanket. As police enter, shouting and making a great deal of noise, he rises with a handgun in his hand, though based on the video it’s not clear he was intending to shoot anyone. His trigger finger was away from the trigger, extended along the gun in a practice anyone familiar with firearm safety would recognize.

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