July 12, 2018 09:57 PM
An officer's bullet killed 31-year-old Thurman Blevins on June 23.
This week, several meetings focused on his death have been held, including one Wednesday night at Jenny Lind Elementary School in North Minneapolis.
Community activists with Justice for June, along with Blevins' relatives and people who say they witnessed some of the incident gathered together in the cafeteria to share a space and solutions on how to heal.
Anytime there's an officer-involved shooting, the aftermath isn't just about that one death, but all of them in recent memory.
Melinda Blevins addressed the crowd and said it's hard to recover when it keeps happening, like it did to her cousin.
"I'm not interested in seeing the tapes, wanna know why? Who wants to see a modern-day assassination, you already know what happened you don't have to see it," she said.
Melinda Blevins was referring to the two officers' body camera footage that hasn't been released by the investigative agency, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. However, others in the crowd insisted they want to see the encounter for themselves.
The BCA maintains it won't release that video until all the necessary people have been interviewed, the investigation is done and all of its findings can be shared, not just some of the findings. The agency hasn't released a timeframe for when that will happen.
Blevins' brother, Joshua, stood at the podium and remembered Thurman as the brother he could rely on and missed terribly.
State records divulge that Thurman Blevins has had multiple run-ins with the law before and was a convicted felon for assault, drugs, weapons and fleeing police crimes. He's served time in prison.
Still, James Lark claimed he was there at the beginning of the incident when two Minneapolis police officers rolled up to a street corner and approached Blevins. They were responding to a 911 call of an intoxicated man firing a gun in the air and at the ground.
"The initial stop the guy didn't have a gun on him, he was holding his hands up and his baby and the way they jumped out was unreal," said Lark.
A preliminary announcement from the BCA said Blevins took off running when the officers arrived. He was shot and killed in an alley near 47th & Bryant Avenue North.
Justice for June organizers announced they are planning another protest at City Hall. They will also remember Thurman Blevins at his funeral this Saturday.
Updated: July 12, 2018 09:57 PM
Created: July 11, 2018 09:50 PM
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