Minneapolis Mayor: Blevins video will be released by the end of July

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

Sloane Martin
July 20, 2018 - 1:50 pm
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On Friday morning, members of Thurman Blevins's family called on Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to immediately release body camera footage of last month's fatal police shooting.

Blevins' second cousin Sydnee Brown said she and other family members met with Frey in his office Friday, but came away disappointed because they want the video released now.

"After Monday and the tapes are not released," she said, "there will be further consequences."

Hours after the meeting with Mayor Frey, his office released a statement saying:

"My team and I have communicated with the family of Thurman Blevins and pressed the BCA to provide timely updates as their investigation progresses. At this point, I can say with confidence that the video footage will be released by the end of July.”

On Monday, it will be one month since the Blevins shooting. The Mayor has said he will release the footage to the public once the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has completed its witness interviews and the family is consulted.

Blevins, nicknamed June, was killed June 23 in north Minneapolis when police officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly were dispatched to the neighborhood on a report of a man firing a gun into the air and ground. Blevins was shot by the officers after a short foot chase.

Activists at Frey's office on Friday said they are also demanding the officers be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.