Amir Locke funeral: Mum says son was ‘executed’, Sharpton delivers powerful eulogy


Amir Locke, 22, was killed by officers executing a ‘no hit’ search warrant.

Reverend Al Sharpton delivered a powerful and moving eulogy at Thursday’s funeral for Amir Locke, a 22-year-old man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police officers executing a “no-hit” search warrant.

Locke, who was shot and killed Feb. 2, was not named in the “no-knock” warrant.

Body camera video showed officers executing the warrant and finding Locke, who was not living at home, sleeping under a blanket on the couch. Locke was seen holding a gun as he sat down; he was shot less than 10 seconds after officers entered the room, still covered in the blanket.

Locke’s mother, Karen Wells, at the funeral said her son had been “executed”.

“How dare you?” she says. “You are not above the law.

Locke’s parents have vowed to fight for a law in their son’s name banning no-knock warrants and Sharpton has pledged to support Locke’s family, saying “Amir was not guilty of anything else than being young and black in America.”

Sharpton linked the no-knock warrant to the number of black Americans with the surname that once belonged to the masters of their enslaved parents.

“That’s why it didn’t matter that Amir’s name was not on the warrant, because we are not entitled to a name in the eyes of some in this country. We are nameless suspects,” Sharpton said.

“We will no longer be your anonymous suspects,” Sharpton said. “Amir has a name. His name wasn’t on your warrant — but his name will be in your law book.”

Speaking to officers, Locke’s aunt Linda Tyler said during the service: “You had time to get him under control.”

“You had time to assess the situation…but you didn’t. So you don’t need any further training – you need to be fired,” she said. “You ambushed my nephew, you took his life. And even though he didn’t matter to you…he mattered to this whole family. He mattered to this community.”

Locke’s funeral was held at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, the same church where a funeral was held last year for 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Wright was shot during a traffic stop by a Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer who claimed she mistook his gun for a Taser. The officer was found guilty of first and second degree manslaughter and is expected to be sentenced on Friday.

Locke’s shooting is still under investigation.

Relatives of George Floyd and Botham Jean, who were also killed at the hands of police, attended Locke’s funeral.

ABC News’ Adia Robinson and Kendall Ross contributed to this report.

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