Funeral Set for Man Killed by Minneapolis Police, BCA to Meet with Community

July 08, 2018 02:26 PM

A funeral date has been announced for Thurman Blevins, who was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police on June 23. A Bureau of Criminal Apprehension spokesperson said the agency's superintendent has spoken with community leaders about a meeting.

Blevins' funeral is scheduled for July 14 at Faith Deliverance Holiness Church. Officers found a man, later identified as Blevins, upon arrival in the area. Authorities reported Blevins fled the area on foot and a pursuit began. After several blocks, the BCA said two officers, identified as Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly, fired their guns, striking Blevins in the confrontation. Blevins was pronounced dead at the scene.


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5 Eyewitness News talked to Justin Terrell, who is the executive director of Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, a state-sponsored agency. Terrell confirmed the meeting will be held on July 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Webber Park in Minneapolis. 

The council put out a statement after the Blevins shooting, calling on the BCA to do this meeting. They have been trying to organize it over the past week, and after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's calls to release the body camera footage and the confusion around the authority to do that, Terrell says they wanted to rush and put this event together.

On the night of the shooting, Terrell said he went into the neighborhood with community activists and did some door knocking to ask neighbors how they were feeling.

"What we've heard is 'what is the BCA?' 'Who is doing the investigation?' People thought this was going to go into a black hole," Terrell said. 

He asked the BCA to do the meeting for the purpose of explaining the process, understanding that officials will not give any specific investigative updates. 

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"We're trying to make sure they are as transparent as they can be," Terrell said. "We want to hold them accountable."

Terrell added the BCA wasn't resistant to the request. 


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