Activists Call on Mayor, Chief to Fire Officers Involved in Blevins Shooting

Activists Call on Mayor, Chief to Fire Officers Involved in Blevins Shooting Photo: KSTP

August 03, 2018 04:28 PM

Family members and activists called on Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to fire the two officers involved in the shooting death of 31-year-old Thurman Blevins.

They called for action Friday during a press conference at the Minneapolis City Hall. 

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RELATED: Freeman: Decision Not to Charge Officers in Blevins Shooting Made 'Late Last Week'

According to investigators, Minneapolis police officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly had responded to a 911 call of a man firing a gun into the air on the city's north side on June 23. 

"We consider the Minneapolis Police Department to be a deadly, violent police department," activist Nekima Levy-Pounds said. "The actions of the two officers in question are a part of a culture that needs to change. We believe Chief Arradondo and  Mayor Jacob Frey have the power to help shift that culture by firing those two officers. "

RELATED: Minneapolis Releases Police Body Camera Footage of Thurman Blevins Shooting

On Monday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he would not charge Schmidt or Kelly. Freeman's announcement came a day after Schmidt and Kelly's body camera footage was released to the public. 

KSTP's Thurman Blevins Shooting Coverage


 

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