Demonstrators call for dash cam video release; block downtown streets in protest

Brian Quinones was shot and killed on Sept. 7 in Richfield

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October 26, 2019 - 7:48 am
Ashley Quinones at rally for her husband killed by police



Friends and family are calling for release of police dash camera video of an officer-involved shooting that happened in Richfield nearly two months ago.  

"There's a lack of transparency and accountability from the Hennepin County sheriff's office and the Hennepin County attorney's office," said Ashley Quinones during a rally Friday in downtown Minneapolis that included several dozen people interrupting light rail service and street traffic for a short time.

Her 30-year-old husband Brian Quinones was shot and killed near 77th and Chicago Avenue on September 7 following a police chase with Edina officers.  

Richfield police were also involved, with reports indicating officers opened fire when Quinones exited his car with a knife.  

The shooting was reportedly captured on seven squad-car dashboard cameras, while Quinones live-streamed the pursuit from his car. 

"People have been telling me how strong I've been, and how well I've been holding myself together," said Ashley. "I want to tell everyone that it's not because I want to, but it's because I have to.  These tragedies happen, and we have to go straight into fight mode. These deaths don't allow time for the families to grieve."

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Hennepin County authorities say releasing the video would jeopardize the investigation into the shooting. 

"We're here for a change, we're here for a cause," said Nada Henry, whose brother was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn Center in 2012.

"There are so many families locally and nationwide that deserve justice," she said.

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