Thurman Blevins Jr. was shot dead by the police in Minneapolis around 6:30 pm on June 23. in a northern Minneapolis alley as he ran. Officers responded to a 911 caller who indicated Blevins, possibly intoxicated, drank and fired a pistol in the air and ground in a residential neighborhood with small children and families nearby.
According to police records, and as a raw and edited video show, Blevins runs from the police as they pounce on him. They scream at him to stop, put their hands up and yell that they know he has a gun. Blevins screams back that he does not do it and keeps running. He calls on the police not to shoot him, but is eventually shot dead by a police officer, Justin Schmidt.
The above video was made from the raw material that you can see below in the National Center for Audio & Video Forensics. Technicians "stabilize and analyze" the video with "stabilizing software (which identifies pixels from each frame and aligns them to limit the" shaking "that can occur without altering the content," said the Minneapolis Police Department.) However, slowing down The video sometimes comes to a standstill, almost to direct viewers to what's circled in red, like Blevin's rifle, and the police say he pulls it out while walking ̵
The officers' shootings at Blevins were a "case without discipline" for the two officers involved.
Blevin's family, friends, neighbors, activists, and others in the community spent weeks following the Cops asked fired and charged in his death.
The cause of death, according to Forensic Science, was killing by meh more bullet wounds. His family said he did not pose a threat and run away.
The police responded to an emergency call from a resident who told the emergency riders that Blevins was drinking alcohol on the street and firing.
Caller: … um, yes … there's a guy walking around shooting his gun and he looks drunk and um, that's just not safe here.
Operator: When the person-
Caller: Er uh, fair-skinned –
Caller: He just dropped a shot like 5 minutes ago and before that he shot again 20 minutes ago.
Operator: Does he shoot at people or in the air?
Caller: No. Only in the air and on the ground.
Operator: I'm sorry
Caller: He shoots in the air and he shoots the ground.
Operator: Okay, wait a minute.
Operator: Has anyone been shot, or is he just reckless with the weapon?
Caller: There are three people, three children (inaudible) neighborhood, walking around with a drink, like
he drinks and shoots a weapon (inaudible-muted).
The cops are in their cruiser and answer the call. You notice, as the Bodycam video shows, that the description is very detailed and specific, and they thought they could easily identify it by the description.
Operator: Okay, describe the weapon
Caller: Uhhhh. It's like a nine. A silver 9 mm. if I am not wrong. It's chrome at the top, but around
it's uh, it's like 6 feet, light skin. He's bald … 6 feet, oh, he's rejuvenated like a bald head. He has a
operator: how old does he look?
Caller: He has a wife's bat. Uh, like almost 36. 35. He's got a women's bat. He walks around with a
backpack. A black backpack
Operator: What color is the tank top?
Caller: Uh. I think it's white or gray. Because when he left the shot, I left! I ran!
Operator: Right. And you said he was like 35, 36?
Caller: Yes, like 35, 36. He had no facial hair. He had a bald head shape with patterns contained therein.
Operator: Yes. Yes. You told me. Is he skinny, middle or heavy?
Caller: Um. As 180.
The officers roll on Blevins. They say, "He has a gun!"
This is the raw video of Officer Ryan Kelly, beginning with the point at which the officers are Thurman's description.
This is the raw video of Officer Justin Schmidt from the time the police reprimanded Thurman.
The police refused to comment, except for videos, police reports, limited personal files of both officers and other superficial data, most of which was raw, including documents the fire department on the need to set up a ladder to gather evidence and clear the alley after shooting. All published data, documents and videos can be found here.
Bodycam shots show Blevins running away. A criminal justice professor told the local media what was important when police action would be useful, and said an official "could shoot only one escaped person if that person poses a significant threat to the officers or the surrounding community." That Blevins had a gun is unlikely to be denied, but what could be, he was a significant threat as he ran away.
MPD spokesman John Elder told local media that it was an ongoing criminal investigation and was "unable to continue speaking."
The shooting of Blevins sparked outrage in the community and sparked protests calling for the dismissal of Ryan and Schmidt and for the two to be prosecuted.
Not only were they not charged, they received no discipline based on police documents.
Local media reported that "there are contradictory reports about Blevins actually having a gun." The video of the police shows that there was a weapon. But Blevins did not run away from the police to the police.
It was reported that a "man hiding around the corner of his garage" heard in the alley. Policemen say he dropped the gun and the witness said he saw the gun.
In the video this is the exchange:
Schmidt: "Put your fuzzing hands on now, stop, put your (expressive) hands up, hands up, I will shoot you (shooting)."
Blevins: [What happened?]
Blevins: "Come on, man, come on, man."
Schmidt: "Hands up!"
Blevins: "I have Nothing done, brother. "
Schmidt:" You have a weapon … [expression]
Schmidt: "Yes, you do."
Schmidt: "Leg it on. Put it down. I will shoot you. Raise your hands. "
Blevins:" Please do not shoot me.
Schmidt: "Hands up! "
Blevins:" Leave me alone.
Schmidt: "Put yours …"
Schmidt shoots Blevins Blevins falls to the ground, but still moves as Schmidt gets closer What looks like a gun is on the ground and police say That it is a gun on the ground that lies in Blevin's hand.
Responding to a call from an intoxicated man firing a rifle in the street, Minneapolis chased police and shot dead a fleeing Thurman Blevins. Bodycam video shows
Responding to a call from an intoxicated man firing a gun on the street, the Minneapolis police tracked a fleeing Thurman Blevins and killed him Bodycam video shows he was armed