No Charges Against Minneapolis Cops in Fatal Shooting

Hennepin County, Mn., prosecutor Mike Freeman will not file charges against the two Minneapolis police officers who fatally shot Thurman Blevins earlier this summer, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He announced the decision after the release of police body-camera footage that appears to show Blevins, 31, held a gun as he was shot by Minneapolis officers on June 23. Family and friends of Blevins interrupted Freeman’s news conference Monday, saying they’re “devastated” and calling Blevins’ death “murder.” Freeman said that when Blevins “fled from the officers with a loaded handgun, refused to follow their commands for him to stop and show his hands, and then took the gun out of his pocket and turned toward the officers, [he] presented a danger to the lives of Officer Schmidt and Officer Kelly and members of the community.”

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