VIDEO: Family Demands Justice For Man Fatally Shot While Shooting At Police

Thurman Blevins was fatally shot while shooting at police officers.

Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis police have released bodycam footage of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Thurman Blevins Sunday night (video below.)

Despite the video showing that the shooting was justified, Thurman's family is demanding "justice."

The incident happened June 23 at around 5:30 p.m. as officers were dispatched to the 4700 block of Bryant Avenue North for an intoxicated male walking around shooting a gun into the air, according to the dispatch log.

The suspect was described as a light complexion black male, with a white or grey tank top, black backpack, age 35-36, six feet tall, 180 pounds, with tapered hair, holding a bottle of gin and a can of Four Loko liquor.

"That’s very, very specific,” Officer Ryan Kelly said in the raw bodycam video.

"Yeah," replied Officer Justin Schmidt.

After driving through the area, the officers located Blevins, 31, with tapered hair, in a black tank top, with a black backpack, carrying a bottle of gin, with a gun visibly sticking out of his pocket.

“What about this guy?" Officer Schmidt said. "He’s got a bottle of gin. Is he black tank top, tapered hair? Yeah. He’s got a gun!”

Blevins started running and the officer chased him while continually ordering him to stop.

“Stop or I’ll shoot. Stop or I’ll shoot. Stop or I’ll shoot,” Officer Kelly told him.

Blevins just responded saying things such as, "Come on, man," and "I didn't do nothing bro."

"You've got a gun motherf---r," Officer Schmidt said.

"No," Blevins replied.

"Yes you do!" Officer Schmidt said, "Put it down. I will f---ing shoot you. Put your hands up!"

Blevins continued to tell officers to leave him alone as he ran from them.

Once in an alley, Blevins drew his gun and fired a shot at the officers.

Both officers responded by destroying Blevins in a hail of gunfire.

According to KSTP, Officer Schmidt's attorney released a statement which said, "The video shows Thurman Blevins fired one shot at officers. It’s gratifying to know the actions of the officers were justified.  Hopefully the public learned a lesson to wait for all the facts and video to come out before vilifying officers."

Shortly after the shooting, the Minneapolis NAACP president had released a statement which said, "Eye witnesses stated he was killed while running away from the officers. The witnesses say that he was sitting on the curb with his girlfriend and baby. The cup that he was drinking can still be seen at the scene.”

The Blevins family was able to see the video an hour before its public release.

After seeing the video, Sydnee Brown, spokesperson for the Blevins family said, "Officers Ryan Kelly and Justin Schmidt should be fired without pay and prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

You can see the video of the shooting below. This is a computer stabilized version of the video produced by the National Center for Audio & Video Forensics. If you want to see the unedited bodycam video, you can see it on the City of Minneapolis website. WARNING: Graphic Content.

Comments (104)
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Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

My baby din du nuffin he bout to go to college to be a Rocket Surgeon! We want us some justice what I'm talkin bout.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Extreme stupidity runs in this family apparently!! If he had just complied, he'd be alive. Then even after the video shows him pulling a (probably illegal) gun on the officers, they still want to claim the officers were wrong?? They are so blinded by those ghetto lottery dollar signs, they have no common sense anymore!! Smdh

Grog
Grog

Justice was served. The dirtbag was killed!

Mrs10
Mrs10

I'm glad that an independent company (so that the MPD can't be accused of edits in their favor) was able to use technology to clean up the raw footage and show the pertinent data much better. I watched the video from the officers' cams and it's difficult to really see the moment when the suspect turns and shoots but it's crystal on the enhanced video. If the family was shown all 3 vids (2 officers + 1 enhanced) it's impossible for them to make this out to be anything other than what it is.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

How in the hell after his family watched the SAME video we just saw say that this Officer should be prosecuted?!!!!! I just don't understand, smfh. GREAT job by these Officer's 👏💙💯

NH.Corr
NH.Corr

Great job boys keep up the good work. God bless be safe!!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

He shot at the cops.....they cops shot back. He missed, they didn't. Justice, old school style, was served.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Thurman's family is demanding "justice." - They got it. Just because they disagree with the outcome does not change that justice was served. It appears there is no level to the depth of stupidity from this minority community. What seems quite common sense to 85-90% of the general public just seemes to fly right over the head of these cretins.

stooge819
stooge819

Some old timer once said "Shoot until they change shape or catch fire". Good advice.

sfcmac
sfcmac

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Bud
Bud

Justice was already served!

SgtRock
SgtRock

Dindu Nuffin just graduated from Ghetto Psyops Institute.

HowieFelterSnatch
HowieFelterSnatch

Room Temp Challenge winner!

Steve1
Steve1

The boy was incapable of understanding words so he figured bullets would help and they did. Justice was served, he would not listen, he fired first, and received his sentence quickly. End of story!

RunCop
RunCop

Why can't certain ethnic group ever take responsibility for their or their family member's criminal actions? And the useless NaacP...fricken useless !!

RunCop
RunCop

Oh, and a happy ending ! Police: 1 Animal thug: 0

crzycop3
crzycop3

UMM..... yeah justice was already delivered appropriately

TheDude
TheDude

Just goes to show how difficult it is to recognize a threat during a chase. Great job, officers.

Schwagerjt
Schwagerjt

The whole thing is unfortunate. I'm not going to fault the cops but they could have handled this differently and had they done so, the perp would likely still be alive. I'm going to try to get into the thought process of each so we can see how it went down.

Policemen receive a call on the radio and the suspect matches the description. They aren't too concerned that he has the bottle of gin, but when the one cop sees the Perp's gun, the escalation immediately begins. Now the cops are fearful because so many cops have been shot in the performance of their duties by lowlife thugs for not taking immediate control of the situation. It was less than professional to yell, "Put your fucking hands up!" The Officer's yelling and cursing with pistol drawn completely set the stage and the tone for the rest of the encounter. Could they have done it differently? Maybe... I'm not a cop, but nobody likes being cursed at. That part was unnecessary and their screaming only escalated the situation. Had they spoken in a more conversational tone, they might not have stimulated the Perp's flight response. Who knows? If the Perp had a rap sheet a mile long, it's pretty much a given he'll run at the first opportune moment, no matter what they say or do...

From the perp's point of view, he wasn't doing anything. He's just sitting on the corner having a drink and visiting and talking with... his baby mama? He doesn't think the cops can see his gun and lies to them. Not the smartest thing to do. Their constant screaming and making demands he do something he doesn't want to do (when in his head he thinks he's done nothing wrong) triggers his flight response. While he's running he repeatedly asks to be left alone. That's all he wants is for them to leave him alone. But what the perp (who may be a felon) doesn't appear to understand is that he is not authorized to own a gun, let alone open carry and he shouldn't be drinking in public like that. Well, in truth, he understands but doesn't agree with it. The fact he has the gun is what ends up getting himself killed and the irony is, he more than likely was carrying for his protection and had the pit bull with him for the same reason.

The Perp committed some mistakes that resulted in his earning himself a Darwin Award. Running away from a cop who asks you to put your hands up is not smart because you are further escalating the situation and this will not work to your favor... Running away from a cop who repeatedly tells you he is going to shoot you is not the smartest thing to do, but that PROBABLY WILL NOT get you shot. Running away with a gun in your possession MAY get you shot. Running away with a gun in your hand PROBABLY WILL get you shot. Running away, AND pointing a gun and shooting at the cops DEFINITELY WILL get you shot... Figure the odds.

What the Perp SHOULD have done when the cops said, "Putting your fucking hands up!" was put his hands up. Had he done that he'd still be alive today. The cops could have taken his gun from him and hung on to it while they had a conversation wtih him and IF he had done nothing wrong, everything would have ended peacefully, and he would have gotten his gun back (assuming he had a permit to open carry).

Blacks argue that the laws unfairly target them. But do they? How many people in white neighborhoods sit on the corner drinking hard liquor with guns hanging out of their pockets? Hello?

Yell2017
Yell2017

If you have a gun and shoot at the police you get what you deserve. Sick of people thinking that they can disobey the law and then get away with murder.

dusty103
dusty103

He didn't do nothin. Just a poor criminal carrying a gun he's not allowed to have so he could use it to do what? He runs rather than obeying the police? Citizens who obey the law don't have any reason to run from police. Criminals do. Carry a gun illegally, get told by police to raise your hands, run, pull the gun, and shoot at police. He got justice. Democrats always want to wait until after they commit more crimes and kill someone to clean up the mess so they can cry about how evil and racist Republicans are.

Git er Done
Git er Done

I just feel bad for that white female, now she gotta get another Baby Daddy

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

I blame the criminal's parents as well because if they are lying and making excuses for their son's criminal mischief here, then he probably did other things when he was younger that they made excuses for instead of disciplining him when they should have!!!!!

Budman
Budman

Another oxygen thief pushing daisies!!

MSK
MSK

Way justified! Thank God none of the officers were shot. It astounds me that anyone could even think this was a bad shoot. The “family” spokesperson thinks the officers should be “fired without pay” I’m gonna go out on a limb here but I think it’s pretty standard that you don’t get paid if you’ve been fired. It’s pretty clear that none of them are rocket scientist.

Just a Missouri Girl
Just a Missouri Girl

WHO doesn't KNOW that: Drinking in public--is against the law. Being drunk in public--is against the law. Lying to Law Enforcement ("LE")--is against the law. Concealing a weapon--is against the law (in most states). If you're a felon, owning a gun or a gun in your possession--is against the law. Discharging a firearm in city limits--is against the law. Disobeying LE direct commands--is against the law. Evading LE--is against the law. Discharging a firearm at any LE--WILL GET YOU KILLED! It's as simple as that. The Police had every right for their actions. Let this video be a lesson. After the investigation is complete, these Officers should be given an award! Any attorney that might take this families case, should be disbarred! Period.

VWells
VWells

Shooting by police was completely justified‼️ Stop carrying guns illegally‼️♥️♥️🇺🇸🇺🇸👮‍♀️👮‍♀️

Mkstoy
Mkstoy

You shoot at cops you die NO IF NO BUTTS JUST DEAD he got what he deserved.

Celtic007
Celtic007

Justified

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

The "family" took over the press conference from the DA, fists raised and rapping their response. Head of NAACP, Pounds, opening her big mouth again demanding the officers be charged and one of Blevins' cousins stating there will be a price to pay, words to that effect. Well, the riots will begin, burning, looting and when the police step in to again stop the violence they will be picking on the black community. Claims that a disproportionate number of black males are being arrested, disproportionate number of blacks arrested compared to whites or any other minority group.......guess what, they COMMIT MORE CRIMES !! It's been proven. Yet, black on black crime is ok, rarely do you see any protesting unless a gangbanger shoots into a house and kills an innocent child. Wake up black community, we're getting to the point where we really hear bla bla bla. Yeah.......forgot to mention, he was getting his life in order and getting a job and becoming a provider to society instead of a drain of it. He had an extensive criminal record but that's ok......... I'm sick of hearing how bad police are....... Do what is right and you won't get killed. I'm also sick or hearing how those killed by police were decent people. DO WHAT'S ASKED OF YOU AND YOU WON'T CAUSE YOUR OWN DEATH.

SeratoBeats
SeratoBeats

Tango down.

OldVet
OldVet

this idiot deserved to be shot. I would have shot him.

BooBoo1
BooBoo1

Jessie Jackson and his cronies are causing ALL of the discrimination in the US. They are THE ONLY RACIST in the U.S. The shooting was 110% justified and the family and the Nigger Club of America are either mental or the dumbest idiots ever. OK may the riots commence.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Minnesota, the land to 10,000 excuses for these idiots when they get themselves killed. Draw on a cop and die. Pretty simple.

Memaw187
Memaw187

Sounds like justice was already served.

William Jackson
William Jackson

The good guys went home, that is what it's about. The family of the individual is just trying to collect a check.

sturnman22
sturnman22

You refuse to drop your weapon - you pay the price. Law of the street when you bring a gun to a gunfight.......

Ddnews119
Ddnews119

It’s time to start charging people with incitement. These calls for “justice” are as thinly veiled calls for violence as a mob boss instruction to take care of someone.

Logic4Life
Logic4Life

I get being distraught; I get being greedy and wanting some free "popo" money (the taxpayer really) but none of that matters. Blue Lives Matter; Black Lies Don't Matter... or any lies for that matter.

elkhunterlnl
elkhunterlnl

THIS is how CRAZY & UNJUST how the war on cops has become! This man was fatally shot (after being ordered SEVERAL times to drop his gun) & he instead started shooting at the 2 cops. BAD mistake-the well trained cops were much better shot than he was & they shot him repeatedly & fatally. Now-even with body cam evidence that he shot AT the cops first, his family want "justice" by firing & prosecuting the 2 cops defending themselves. I am willing to bet that when it is all over that a LARGE sum of cash to the shooters family will make the shooting justified. Funny how MONEY changes verdicts but in meantime, 2 cops lose their jobs & pay outrageous legal fees. The 2 cops were just doing their job of enforcing the law & protecting their own lives, yet this low life criminals family will probably end up the winners -money!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Anyone can contribute to the families go fund me page... I guess I'm not really surprised, get $$$ anywhere you can get it...disgusting:

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Reverse lawsuit charge the family for the crime against officers

Propolice
Propolice

Justice WAS done in this case. Family should be glad to be rid of him. No apologies here

fellingburg
fellingburg

Dear Black Community, When you raise your youth with a focus on false victim - ism, race blaming, fear of authority, and a false sense of entitlement, you get lack of personal responsibility, violence and criminal tendency. You can't idolize and emulate violence in your language, music, clothing and mannerisms, then expect to be treated by society as if you are not a potential threat. Reality is, black men age 16 to 34, commit over 50% of the crime, but make up less than 6% of the total US population. That is due to black culture, not racism. That is due to parental involvement, not white privilege. Until you get real, look in the mirror and fix the problems in your own community, you will always be viewed as a threat to society, because the real numbers prove that. Fix thyself.

Daleh33
Daleh33

Here's the problem, when you cry racism when it's not happening when you REALLY need help, people won't bother. Just like the little boy who cried wolf.

wmc50
wmc50

I'd consider making a contribution to a GoFundMe effort for the involved Police Officers to help defray any expenses they personally incur.

Big_Tex
Big_Tex

"There is one unmistakable lesson in American history; a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future - that community asks for and gets chaos." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Sensei1
Sensei1

The officers should be ashamed of profiling this this gentleman.

I mean, public drunkenness while firing a weapon in a residential neighborhood, running from and firing at officers(or ANYONE).

Sounds like a fine, upstanding member of the democrat party.

What is the world coming to when you can't run from and then shoot at the cops without fear of getting killed! It is the sad state of of our nations police forces on display demonstrated here.

If the guy was white, the officers would have taken off their vests and just allowed him to target practice with his weapon! Clearly a case of racism with the officers shooting back!

I am sickened and disgusted by their total devotion to protecting the comunity and self-preservation. How dare they use their white priviledge to survive!

GForce48
GForce48

These officers should be hailed as heroes...given the keys to the city by the mayor and city council...and go on a speaking tour in all of the city schools! They took down an armed man seeking to do evil to the peace of the city. Anyone who speaks ill of these officers should be denounced by the mayor, chief, and city council! End of story with no justification for the man's criminal actions!

jfpriv
jfpriv

True justice would be to spit on this POS grave. That's justice