Amir Locke’s cousin arrested in connection with Minneapolis homicide

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Amir Locke's cousin arrested in connection with Minneapolis homicide

A teenage suspect has been arrested in connection with the homicide that Minneapolis cops were investigating when they shot and killed Amir Locke while executing a no-knock search warrant, police said Tuesday.   

Mehki Camden Speed, who is Locke’s 17-year-old cousin, was taken into custody Monday afternoon in Winona, Minnesota, and charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree murder in the Jan. 10 homicide of Otis Elder, cops said. 

Police were investigating Elder’s death Wednesday when they executed a search warrant at a downtown Minneapolis apartment where Locke’s family said the 22-year-old had been staying. 

Locke, who was not named in the search warrant, was wrapped in a blanket and holding a pistol when police arrived and opened fire on him, body camera footage shows. 

The death has angered activists and Locke’s family, who questioned police’s initial account of the shooting. 

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, Minnesota, U.S., February 4, 2022.
A demonstrator holds up a poster of Amir Locke, who was fatally shot by police.
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It’s not clear if Speed had retained an attorney or if he would be charged as an adult in the homicide. He has been booked into a juvenile detention facility. 

With Post wires

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