BCA superintendent slated to speak about the Thurman Blevins shooting Thursday

It's the final of three separate community meetings following the fatal police shooting

Sloane Martin
July 12, 2018 - 5:42 am

The last of three separate community meetings following the fatal police shooting of Thurman Blevins will feature the superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

No police or BCA personnel were invited to a meeting at Jenny Lind Elementary Wednesday night, the BCA's Drew Evans is slated to speak in north Minneapolis Thursday about how the agency investigates officer-involved shootings.

Dozens turned out for Wednesday's meeting, held just blocks from where the 31-year-old father was killed by two Minneapolis Police officers June 23. Family members and witnesses spoke about the man nicknamed Junior, and about finding solutions to achieve justice.

"I saw him do everything for his kids," younger brother Joshua Blevins said. "I saw him do everything for our mom. I saw him do everything for dad. He was a leader and that leadership was something that you can't ever have in this world."

Cousin Melinda Blevins vowed to not remain silent.

"I don't have the answers for everything that's wrong in the world," she said. "I'm only one voice. But I will make sure that I represent for Junior, because he did not deserve what happened to him. No one deserves to die like that. That's horrible."

Some family members are calling for the public release of the body camera footage, but Melinda Blevins says she's not interested.

"I understand we have to look at it as far as evidence," she said. "But I'm sorry y'all. I do not think that it should be released to the public. Y'all already know what was done. That man was assassinated in the alley."

Mayor Jacob Frey said he will release the footage after receiving approval from family members and after BCA completes its interviews of witnesses. The BCA is handling the investigation but early details, like the presence of a gun, have been disputed by witnesses.

Thursday's meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Weber Park and is organized by The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

A funeral for Blevins is scheduled for Saturday on the northside.