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Protests for Thurman Blevins temporarily shut down light rail in Minneapolis

The protests temporarily shut down the light rail.

Protesters demanding justice and the arrest and prosecution of two police officers who shot and killed Thurman Blevins in north Minneapolis in June gathered in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday night and blocked the light rail. 

The blockage lasted just a short time before Metro Transit resumed service, although protesters were still gathered near the tracks by Target Field at 7:30 p.m. 

The protest is in response to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman deciding not to charge the two police officers who shot and killed Blevins on June 23. 

Freeman made his decision public on Monday, which drew an immediate response from protesters who are demanding justice for Blevins through the firing and prosecution of the involved officers. 

Video of the shooting from body cameras worn by the officers was released Sunday night, and it shows what appears to be a handgun in Blevins' hand as he runs from police. Blevins was shot in the back multiple times and died at the scene. 

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