MINNEAPOLIS – Authorities in Minneapolis released body-camera video of two police officers fatally shooting a 31-year-old black man, with shots of the man who died was shot from behind after a raging foot hunt and seemed to have a gun in his hand.
Officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly responded to a 911 call from a man who blew up a cannon on the city's north side June 23rd. The video, which will be released on Sunday, shows them pulling up their cruiser and a man – Thurman Blevins – sitting on a curb near a woman with a child in a stroller. When the officers pull up, one says, "He has a gun!" Blevins jumps up and runs as the officers yell, "Stop, stop, hands up, I'll shoot you (shooting)!"
In a chase that takes less than a minute, Blevins roars, "I have nothing done, brother. "" Please do not shoot "and" Leave me alone. "An improved version of the video has a red circle around Blevins' hand to highlight something that looks like a weapon.
After the persecution descends an alley, Blevins is shot and still running.
Investigators said Kelly and Schmidt fired their weapons. An autopsy revealed that Blevins had been shot several times.
The investigators said the officers had arrived to find Blevins, who was sitting at a curb with a woman before he ran with a black and silver pistol. A weapon was found at the scene. Some witnesses claimed that Blevins was armed and said he was carrying a bottle or a mug. He seemed to have something in each hand when he ran for the first time.
Sydnee Brown, a cousin of Blevins, told the Star Tribune that the video confirms her belief that he does not pose a threat to the police
I deserve to die, "Brown said," He was not a threat when (the officers) approached him. They did not regard him as a human being.
The two officers have paid administrative leave: A protest from Blevins 'death was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Hennepin County Government Center.
Blevins' death prompted earlier demonstrations and lawyers demanded transparency and pushed for the
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said In June, the body camera video was released after the Blevins family was consulted and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension ended the interviews with key witnesses.
Frey said, Blevins & # 39; Family viewed the video about an hour before the release, calling Blevins & # 39; death "tragic," but declined to comment on what the footage showed.
"I know that "There is a lot of pain in our city right now," he said. "Pain in many cases that I can not understand."
Blevins & # 39; kins te previously called on both policemen to find their way through criminal law.
The city released raw material from both officers' cameras, as well as what they called "stabilized" video containing footage from both officials of the National Center for Audio and Video forensics in Beverly Hills, California the material has undergone a process to identify and align pixels from each frame to limit jitter.
In Minnesota, investigative data is generally not public until an investigation is completed, but state laws allow the release of material such as camera images, if deemed beneficial to the public or if it "dispels" widespread rumors or riots.
Blevins & # 39; s family and other parishioners had rushed to the immediate release of the film's footage, and Frey had committed to doing so as soon as possible video of previous high-level shootings of the Po Licei in the state was usually released only after long investigations by the BCA.
Chief Medaria Arradondo said he can not comment as long as the investigation is pending.
Kelly has joined the Police Department since 2013 and joined Schmidt in 2014. Both had served in the military and were repeatedly recognized for their work as police officers, according to edited personal files. They also had complaints against them: Kelly had five complaints, all closed without discipline, while Schmidt had three complaints against him, including two that were closed without discipline and one that remained open. Details on the complaints were not published.
Minneapolis has been shaken by two nefarious police shootings in recent years, including Jamar Clark's shooting in November 2015 (24) and Justine Ruszczyk Damond's shooting last year (40) in the Clark case, charges have not been filed, and the lawsuit against the officer who shot Damond is still pending.
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