Minneapolis Police Federation to Comment on Video Release in Blevins Shooting Case

July 30, 2018 08:50 AM

Monday morning, members of the Minneapolis Police Federation are expected to comment on the release of police body camera video from the officer-involved fatal shooting of Thurman Blevins.

Sunday night, the city of Minneapolis released the video of the incident that occurred in late June.

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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 June 23.

The videos released Sunday night show Schmidt and Kelly pulling up in a police vehicle at the reported scene, near a man identified as Blevins, and subsequently pursuing him on foot.

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According to the BCA, Blevins had a gun during the officer-involved shooting on June 23. However, investigators have not said exactly why the officers opened fire.

Blevins' cousin, Sydnee Brown, who has been a spokesperson for the family said the family saw the video an hour before it was released. Brown said the family is both asking for privacy to mourn and for justice for Blevins.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he wanted the release of the video because he believes transparency is "a necessity in good governance."

A statement from the Minneapolis Police Department said department officials are unable to comment about the video release as the case remains actively under investigation.

The news conference with members of the Minneapolis Police Federation is expected to take place mid-morning.

Stay with KSTP.com and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for the latest on this investigation.

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