Amir Locke's funeral: Mom says son was 'executed,' Sharpton delivers powerful eulogy

Amir Locke, 22, was killed by officers executing a "no-knock" search warrant.

February 17, 2022, 3:23 PM

The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a powerful and emotional eulogy at Thursday's funeral for Amir Locke, a 22-year-old who was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officers executing a "no-knock" search warrant.

Locke, who was fatally shot on Feb. 2, was not named in the "no-knock" warrant.

PHOTO: A demonstrator holds up a poster depicting Amir Locke, a Black man who was shot and killed by Minneapolis police's SWAT team, at a protest in Minneapolis, Feb. 4, 2022.
A demonstrator holds up a poster depicting Amir Locke, a Black man who was shot and killed by Minneapolis police's SWAT team, at a protest in Minneapolis, Feb. 4, 2022.
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Body camera video showed officers executing the warrant and finding Locke, who didn't live at the home, sleeping under a blanket on the couch. Locke was seen holding a gun as he sat up; 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 was "executed."

"How dare you?" she said. "You're not above the law."

PHOTO: Bridgette Stewart is embraced before the funeral for Amir Locke, a Black man who was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police, at the Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Feb. 17, 2022.
Bridgette Stewart is embraced before the funeral for Amir Locke, a Black man who was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police, at the Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Feb. 17, 2022.
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Locke's parents vowed to fight for a law in their son's name banning "no-knock" warrants and Sharpton promised to support Locke's family, saying, "Amir was not guilty of anything but being young and Black in America."

Sharpton drew a connection between the "no-knock" warrant and how many Black Americans have the last name that once belonged to their enslaved relatives' masters.

"That's why it didn't matter that Amir's name wasn't on the warrant -- 'cause we don't have a right to a name in the eyes of some in this country. We are nameless suspects," Sharpton said.

"We are no longer gonna be your nameless suspects," Sharpton said. "Amir has a name. His name wasn't on your warrant -- but his name's gonna be in your law book."

Speaking to the officers, Locke's aunt, Linda Tyler, said at the service, "You did have time to subdue him."

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

PHOTO: A protester holds a sign demanding justice for Amir Locke, who was killed during a no-knock warrrant, at a rally, Feb. 5, 2022, in Minneapolis.
A protester holds a sign demanding justice for Amir Locke at a rally, Feb. 5, 2022, in Minneapolis. Hundreds of people filled the streets of downtown Minneapolis after body cam footage released by the Minneapolis Police Department showed an officer shoot and kill Locke during a no-knock warrant.
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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 dead at a traffic stop by a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer who claimed she mistook her gun for a Taser. The officer was found guilty of both first- and second-degree manslaughter and is set to be sentenced on Friday.

Locke's shooting remains 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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