Minneapolis councilors call for release of Thurman Blevins police body cam footage

Video of Blevins' killing by police should be released as soon as legally possible, the council says.
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All 13 members of Minneapolis City Council are calling on authorities to release body cam footage relating to the fatal shooting of Thurman Blevins as soon as legally possible.

The 31-year-old black man was killed by police in north Minneapolis on Saturday, with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner saying on Monday that he died from "multiple gunshot wounds" in an alley behind 4746 Bryant Ave. N.

Minneapolis police say they had been called to a report of a man firing a handgun, and they came across Blevins a few blocks away from where the report was made.

A chase ensued, ending in the alleyway where nearby residents heard several shots fired.

The Star Tribune reports that a handgun was found lying next to Blevins' hand after the shooting, with both officers involved reportedly firing their weapons.

But there remains questions over how police came to fire their weapons and the necessity, though Minneapolis Police Federation head Lt. Bob Kroll has said the body cam footage will show the father-of-three refused to drop his gun, which he wasn't legally allowed to carry because of previous convictions, WCCO reports.

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These unanswered questions is what has prompted the city council to call for the release of as much evidence as possible.

In a statement initially made late on Sunday, but since updated to include all 13 council members, the Minneapolis City Council called for transparency from the investigating Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

"We, the Minneapolis City Council, stand in solidarity with Northsiders and ask for the BCA to release the body camera footage and all other evidence related to the shooting of Thurman Blevins," it says.

"We, too, have many questions and call for full transparency about what took place before and led to this tragedy. Expediency and integrity are key to transparency and building trust. We ask for the BCA to answer our call for evidence to be released as soon as legally possible."

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