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Terrifying moment cops burst into a apartment and shot black man dead on couch

Footage captured the horrifying moment police have burst into a black man's apartment and shot dead a man lying on the couch.

The disturbing body camera footage was released by Minneapolis officials where police were shown to be raiding a home and yelling: "Police! Search warrant," as they barged through the door.

The short video appears to show a black man apparently asleep holding a gun upon waking up when he is shot and killed.

Search warrants did not name the man before entry, according to police, but the deceased was identified as 22-year-old Amir Locke.

Attorneys of the Locke family says the gun was owned in legal possession.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he asked Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to join a review of the shooting.

Freeman said: "We will be working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to ensure a thorough and complete evaluation.

"Thereafter we will decide together, based on the law and evidence, whether criminal charges should be brought."

The shooting has brought controversial no-knock warrants back into the spotlight. The shooting of Breonna Taylor after a no-knock warrant was performed by police in March 2020.

The case, along with the killing of George Floyd, sparked widespread protests and calls for police reform.

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Minneapolis announced new rulings to the no-knock system in the wake of Floyd's death, saying that the reforms were designed to limit the "likelihood of bad outcomes".

At a press conference, interim Minneapolis Police Chief Amelia Huffman said that "both a no-knock and a knock search warrant were obtained… so the SWAT team could assess the circumstances and make the best possible decision."

One attorney for the Locke family, Jeff Storms, said: "To the best of my knowledge, he was not named in any of the search warrants.

"He was not even a target."

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