Body camera video of fatal MPD shooting released
(KSTP) – After mounting calls from state lawmakers and community members, late Thursday, authorities released the body camera footage related to the fatal police shooting of a man in a Minneapolis apartment earlier this week.
Content warning: The following video is unredacted and may contain graphic scenes sensitive to some viewers.
According to interim Minneapolis Police Chief Amelia Huffman, the shooting happened at 6:48 a.m. Wednesday on the seventh floor of Bolero Flats while the Minneapolis Police SWAT Team was executing a search warrant on behalf of the St. Paul Police Department homicide investigations unit.
Law enforcement gained entry to the unit with a key fob, “loudly and repeatedly announced their presence,” crossed the apartment’s threshold and entered while continuing to vocalize their presence, a Wednesday press release states. The officers were wearing marked ballistic vests and tactical gear.
Nine seconds into SWAT’s entry, officers encountered a man armed with a handgun, the release says. The man was pointing the handgun “in the direction of officers.”
Shots were fired, and 22-year-old Amir Locke was hit twice in the chest and once in the right wrist. Officers performed CPR, emergency medical services responded and Locke was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Mark Hanneman was identified as the officer who fired his gun during the incident. Thursday, public documents showed that Minneapolis Police Department internal affairs closed the matter with no discipline.
Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives sent a letter to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Huffman Wednesday, calling for the body camera video to be released. Also Wednesday, civil rights activists and community members held a press conference also demanding the footage.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer-involved shooting, and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Officer is expected to release a full report regarding the nature and cause of Locke’s death.