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Video of Thurman Blevins shooting to be released by end of July

Blevins was shot by police in north Minneapolis on June 23.

Nearing one month since police officers shot and killed Thurman Blevins in north Minneapolis, it's expected that video of the incident will be released to the public in a matter of days. 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that footage from body cameras worn by the officers involved in the shooting will be unveiled by the end of the month. 

"My team and I have communicated with the family of Thurman Blevins and pressed the BCA to provide timely updates as their investigation progresses," Frey said in a statement Friday. "At this point, I can say with confidence that the video footage will be released by the end of July."

Blevins was fatally shot by two police officers, Ryan Kelly and Justin Schmidt, who responded to the scene on reports that a man was firing a handgun into the air and ground. Upon arrivals, police chased Blevins before opening fire in an alleyway between Aldrich and Bryant avenues at North 48th Avenue. 

The two officers are on leave pending a full investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, with investigators saying a gun was recovered at the scene.

Police union leaders say the investigation will show Blevins refused to drop the gun, but his death has sparked protests over another killing of a black man by Twin Cities police.

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