Frey says Body Camera Footage from Blevins Shooting Likely to be Released by End of July

July 20, 2018 05:12 PM

The video above aired in the beginning of July when MPD released the 911 transcript in the officer-involved shooting.


Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Friday he plans to release police body camera footage from the officer-involved fatal shooting of Thurman Blevins by the end of July.

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Frey had said previously he would release the footage once the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension had completed key witness interviews and Blevins' family had been consulted on the decision.

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“My team and I have communicated with the family of Thurman Blevins and pressed the BCA to provide timely updates as their investigation progresses," Frey said in a statement.

"At this point, I can say with confidence that the video footage will be released by the end of July.” 

According to the BCA, Blevins had a gun when he was shot by officers on June 23. However, investigators have not said exactly why the officers opened fire.

Full Coverage of Thurman Blevins Shooting

A 911 caller told police dispatchers a man who appeared intoxicated was firing a gun into the air, according to a transcript released by police.

According to the BCA, when officers arrived, they found Blevins and a woman family members said was his girlfriend sitting on the curb near the 48th and Camden intersection. As officers approached him, Blevins ran off and the BCA said he was carrying a silver and black gun.

After pursuing him for several blocks, both officers fired their guns. Blevins was pronounced dead at the scene. The BCA has identified the officers involved as Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly. 

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