Prosecutor says Minneapolis cops were justified in fatal shooting of black man
Aug 01, 2018, 00:18
No charges are expected to be filed against the officers involved in a fatal police shooting in Minneapolis, according to a statement from the county attorney.
Bodycam footage from June 23 released by Minneapolis police shows officers spotting Thurman Blevins, shouting "he's got a gun!".They chased him through the streets and one officer shot him.
One witness told investigators he witnessed two Minneapolis police officers get out of their auto as Blevins sat on a sidewalk corner.
In Freeman's prepared remarks, which were released by his office, the prosecutor said there was "no basis to issue criminal charges against either officer" because Blevins "fled from the officers with a loaded handgun, refused to follow their commands for him to stop and show his hands, and then took the gun out of his pocket and turned toward the officers".
Blevins' relatives previously called for both officers to face criminal charges.
"The family is hurt".
On June 23, Minneapolis Police Officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kellyresponded to a call of a black man firing a gun into the air and ground.
A USA prosecutor declined on Monday to file criminal charges against police officers involved in the fatal shooting of an armed suspect who led them on a foot chase while yelling "don't shoot me".
"Put your fucking hands up!"
"I don't", Blevins yells back. Blevins at one point appears to respond, "Why?"
"Their decision to use deadly force against Mr. Blevins under those circumstances was authorized", Freeman said, adding that the officers will not be criminally charged. One of the policeman is heard saying "He's got a gun!".
In addition to the two officers' body-camera videos, the city also released an "enhanced" version of the footage where the gun police say he was carrying has been circled.
Another witness told BCA investigators she saw Blevins sitting on the sidewalk with his girlfriend and a third individual. Frey took special care to discuss the racial aspect of Blevins, a black man, being shot by two white officers.
Thurman Blevins was struck by four bullets and was pronounced dead at the scene. The entire incident, from their first encounter to the fatal shots, lasted less than a minute. Crime scene photos show his gun and a shell casing in the alley, with DNA linking him to the weapon.
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A protest of Blevins' death was planned for Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday NZT) at the Hennepin County Government Center. The eyewitness did not see Blevins fire his gun. Protesters interrupted a news conference that Freeman held this morning announcing the decision, according to ABC affiliate KSTP. Freeman had tried to make the announcement during a news conference, but he was shouted down by Blevins' friends and family members. "He didn't deserve to die", Brown said to the Star Tribune. We're not angry. We're more so disgusted.
Kevin Short, the attorney for Schmidt, one of the officers, said in a statement: "The use of deadly force by these two officers was clearly justified".
"The severity of the crime which the officers were responding to makes this a more unsafe situation going in and weighs in favor of the reasonableness of using deadly force", the document said.
Blevins springs from the curb and starts running, dropping the dog's leash and almost knocking over a woman with a stroller. Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll told the press conference that the exact moment the shot was sacked would be discovered as the investigation of the incident proceeded.
"They located the suspect, gave numerous orders for him to reply, pursued the suspect as he fled".
The caller told the 911 dispatcher, "There's a guy walking around shooting off his gun and he looks intoxicated and um, that's just not safe around here".
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