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RELEASE: House POCI Caucus Mourns Amir Locke

Friday, February 4, 2022

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February 4, 2022

House POCI Caucus Mourns Amir Locke

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – This afternoon, the members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus released the following statements regarding the MPD killing of Amir Locke:

“It is unacceptable, and not at all surprising, that the Minneapolis Police Department has again taken a life.” said Chair Athena Hollins (DFL - Saint Paul), “We attempted to regulate no-knock warrants last session, but that clearly didn’t go far enough. Until law enforcement stops seeing Black people as something to fear, we need a complete ban. Minnesotans deserve better than this.”

Chair Esther Agbaje (DFL - Minneapolis) stated, “Amir Locke should still be with us today. The POCI Caucus is committed to seeing meaningful changes in public safety this year. We will be pushing for a state-wide prohibition of no-knock warrants and further checks on unsafe police practices. Everyone deserves to be safe in their own home.”

The House People of Color & Indigenous (POCI) Caucus includes Reps. Esther Agbaje (Chair, 59B), Jamie Becker-Finn (42B), Cedrick Frazier (45A), Aisha Gomez (62B), Hodan Hassan (62A), Kaohly Her (64A), Athena Hollins (Chair, 66B), Fue Lee (59A), Carlos Mariani (65B), Rena Moran (65A), Mohamud Noor (60B), Ruth Richardson (52B), Samantha Vang (40B), Jay Xiong (67B), Tou Xiong (53B)