The two Minneapolis police officers, who shot dead an armed man during a raging chase in a Bodycam footage, are not charged in the incident, a prosecutor announced in a statement Monday – minutes after the demonstrators pushed officials from a press conference had threatening "consequences" if the cops were not arrested.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday in a press release that charges are shooting against officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly on June 23, not saying 31 years Old Thurman Blevins was a danger to them and the community.
"When Mr. Blevins fled with a loaded handgun in front of the officers, he refused to follow their orders to show his hands, and then took the gun out of his hand. Turning his bag and the officer turned Mr. Blevins on Danger to the lives of Officer Schmidt and Officer Kelly, "Freeman said in a statement. "Their decision to use lethal force against Mr. Blevins under these circumstances was authorized by Minn. Stat., § 609.066 and as such, there is no basis for prosecuting either officer."
Freeman made his announcement in one Press release after being shouted down at a press conference by parishioners. Family members and activists demanded the arrest of officials in the next 48 hours or "there will be consequences," Bleve's cousin Sydnee Brown told reporters .
A transcript of the emergency call previously published by the city contained a request from a caller to send help because a man fired a pistol into the air and into the ground with a bottle of alcohol, the report said Star Tribune.
The Bodycam video released Sunday shows the two police officers pulling their patrol car to Blevins, who sits 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, put your hands up, I'll fire you!"
During a chase that takes less than a minute, Blevins yells back, "I did not do anything, brother," "Please do not shoot" and "Leave me alone." An improved version of the video has a red circle around Blevins' hand to mark a weapon.
After The chase continues into an alley, Blevins is shot while he keeps running Investigators said both Kelly and Schmidt fired their guns and an autopsy revealed Blevins was shot several times
Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, in a separate press conference on Monday that officers "were forced to fire in Blevins" "after firing a gun at the officers."
"The officers deserve the highest honor of the Minneapolis Police Department, the Medal of Honor, and they deserve the respect of the people they swore to protect," he said.
Kroll said that Blevins gave the officers no other option but to run away while pointing a gun at the officers and firing a shot.
"They shoot until the threat ends," he told reporters. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…27&Itemid=47 Blaevins collided with a woman on a curb before running with a black – and – silver pistol.
A gun was found at the scene, but some witnesses denied that Blevins was armed and said he only carried a bottle or cup.
Brown told members of the Star Tribune family The video was shown before the public release, and it showed her that Blevins was not a threat to the police.
"He does not deserve to die," Brown said. "He was no threat when [the officers] approached him, they did not regard him as a human being."
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