Demonstrators at 4th Precinct Demand Answers in Fatal Police Shooting

June 27, 2018 05:46 AM

More than 200 people protested outside of a Minneapolis police station after officers shot and killed a black man Saturday afternoon.

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Demonstrators gathered Sunday outside the 4th Precinct station in North Minneapolis, which was the site of protests following the police killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark in 2015.

RELATED: Armed Man Shot, Killed by Minneapolis Police

Police said the man shot Saturday was firing a handgun as he walked outside in North Minneapolis. Some witnesses have disputed the police account of the shooting, saying the man didn't have a gun.

Family members said the man who was killed is 30-year-old Thurman Blevins. Blevins' father, Thurman Moore, spoke briefly to the crowd at the police station.

"We just want to honor him and thank you for your support," Moore said.

Activists took turns on the microphone, calling for police reform and accountability.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, a prominent Black Lives Matter member, spoke directly to Chief Medaria Arradondo. Arradondo arrived at the protest with one other uniformed officer.

"We need to make a decision, that we are not going to let go, that we are not going to relent after this happens," Levy-Pounds said as Arradondo stood several feet away.

Community members also gathered for a vigil near the shooting scene Sunday evening. Activists earlier in the day halted the Twin Cities Pride parade in Minneapolis to protest police shootings.

RELATED: Protesters Gather at Pride Parade After Police Shooting

Authorities didn't immediately identify the officers involved, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.


Kirsten Swanson

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