Family of North Minneapolis Man Fatally Shot Speaks Out

July 09, 2018 10:17 AM

On Monday, the family of a North Minneapolis man fatally shot by police last month spoke during a news conference.

The family of Thurman Blevins spoke at 9:15 a.m. on the steps of Minneapolis City Hall.

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Family and activists said they want the two officers who opened fire on Blevins off the force and facing criminal charges.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the agency leading the investigation, has identified the officers involved as Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly.

Investigators said they were responding to reports of a man firing a gun in the air and at the ground the day of the fatal shooting. The BCA says Blevins ran from officers when they arrived near the scene.

According to the BCA, Blevins had a gun, but investigators have not said exactly why the officers opened fire.

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Supporters of Blevins plan to announce details about a Wednesday night meeting at Jenny Lind Elementary in North Minneapolis.

During a peace walk for Blevins, his cousin explained why the family has no desire to meet with the police and the BCA.

"Of course we are going to have a separate investigation on the case," Rashaun Brown said. "We don't want just the BCA and the Minneapolis police doing their own investigation, putting their own twists and their own plots in the story."

Blevins' funeral is scheduled for Saturday at Faith Deliverance Holiness Church.

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