In the wake of a decision *not* to file criminal charges in the death of Amir Locke, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says…

“If the law does not allow us to file criminal charges in this case, what can we do as policymakers prosecutors society community to keep a death like Amir’s from happening again? First we need to interrogate whether no-knock warrants are ever really needed.”

Locke, 22, was shot and killed in a Minneapolis apartment on February 2nd by Mark Hanneman–a SWAT officer of the Minneapolis Police Department. At the time police were executing a no-knock search warrant in a homicide investigation. Ellison says 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.