Locke’s mother, Karen Locke, declined to comment to The Associated Press, referring questions to family attorney Ben Crump. The civil rights attorney has won huge settlements for the families of several people killed by police, including $27 million for the family of George Floyd. Crump did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Police released no new information about the shooting Thursday, and a spokeswoman for Mayor Jacob Frey did not respond to a request for comment.
Acting Police Chief Amelia Huffman told reporters Wednesday that the shooting happened just before 7 a.m. as officers attempted to serve warrants on behalf of the St. Paul Police Department.
The Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement that the man who was killed pointed a loaded gun “in the direction of officers,” but did not say whether he was related to the investigation into the homicide or named in the warrants. The statement did not say whether the SWAT team had a no-knock warrant, but said officers “repeatedly announced their presence” after entering and “moved forward with loud and continuous announcements of their presence”.
The city identified the officer involved in the shooting as Mark Hanneman, but gave no other information about him. An incident report said the man who was shot had two wounds to his chest and one to his right wrist.
Levy Armstrong and other anti-police brutality activists gathered outside the downtown Bolero Flats luxury apartment tower where Locke was killed on Wednesday night to demand the release of police body camera footage of the confrontation. She compared the case to the botched raid in which officers killed Breonna Taylor at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March 2020, leading to calls for change across the country.
On Thursday, several Minneapolis lawmakers echoed the call for the body camera footage to be released. In a letter to Huffman and Frey, they insisted that “one of the ways to build trust between the police department and the community is greater transparency and accountability of police actions” . Among the signatories is Representative Esther Agbaje, who lives in the building where the raid took place.
The state Bureau of Criminal Arrest leads the investigation, as it often does for shootings involving officers. BCA spokeswoman Jill Oliveira said the next official information to come out will be the identity of the deceased, from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. She had no timeline.
“The BCA will have additional information once initial interviews/statements from incident participants and witnesses are completed,” Oliveira said in an email.
The Minneapolis Police Department was unable to comment Thursday due to the ongoing investigation, its spokesman, Officer Garrett Parten, said. The city posted reports and photographs of the weapon recovered from the scene on its website Wednesday.
Minneapolis city leaders and law enforcement officials typically withhold video from police body cameras and dash cams for weeks or even months, citing ongoing investigations as justification.
But not always.
In December 2020, after an officer shot Dolal Idd at a gas station on the south side of Minneapolis, the city released video the next day, saying it showed the man first shot officers. And last April, suburban Brooklyn Center police released video the day after Daunte Wright was shot, saying it showed Officer Kim Potter apparently intended to use his Taser but pulled out his gun by accident. Potter was convicted of manslaughter in December.
Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti, Associated Press