The Police Killing of Amir Locke

Don't Bother to Knock

MPD body cam image of the shooting of Amir Locke.

This wasn’t a random encounter or an emergency call. This raid was planned. The police chose the day and the time of the raid. They had time to surveil the apartment and determine who was there. The plan had a chain of command. It was approved by a SWAT commander, a police commander and a finally by a judge. And their plan went wrong and an innocent man was killed.

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Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book is An Orgy of Thieves: Neoliberalism and Its Discontents (with Alexander Cockburn). He can be reached at: or on Twitter @JeffreyStClair3

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