Minneapolis Mayor: I have decided to release the body camera footage

“The family of Thurman Blevins must be consulted."

Edgar Linares
June 26, 2018 - 9:27 pm

A statement issued late Tuesday evening from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he will release the body camera footage, but only after two things have occurred.

“The family of Thurman Blevins must be consulted. And the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) needs to have finished interviewing key witnesses,” the statement read.

Frey said the process of interviewing key witnesses had already begun and added that releasing the video before the interviews were concluded could be “harmful” to the investigation.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

It was last Saturday afternoon, when police responded to 911 calls of a man firing a gun. Moments after responding to the area of 46th and Bryant Ave north, Blevins was shot killed after a short foot chase down an alley. The head of the police union said Blevins refused orders to drop a gun he was holding and pulled it out before he was shot. Some community members have said Blevins was not armed and was shot while running away.

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released the names of the two Minneapolis officers who shot and killed Blevins. They were identified as Officer Ryan Kelly and Officer Justin Schmidt. Kelly has been with the department since 2013 and Schmidt joined in 2014