July 29, 2018
Tonight, after hearing the community's request for transparency, Mayor Frey released the body worn camera video footage of the officer-involved shooting of Mr. Thurman Blevins.
**Please note that the MPD video footage below is very graphic and may cause deep discomfort or trauma in young people and other viewers.**
I send my deepest condolences to the Blevins family and feel so much sadness for the painful moments they are having to relive through this release. My heart goes out to the family.
I am thankful to our Mayor for taking this step to ensure more police accountability. Mayor Frey led a careful and sensitive approach to releasing this footage, which involved working closely with Council Members and meeting with the Blevins family. I have to admit that this video was very painful and hard to watch. In the coming days, weeks and months, I want to be here for all of us. I am still processing many of the thoughts and feelings that this incident has caused. As the hours progress, I want to share a few things with you in the hopes we can stay connected, be in community together through this journey, and lead together with fairness, love, and compassion.
As the Chair of our City's Public Safety Committee, I will be hosting open community office hours this Tuesday, July 31st from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at El Nuevo Miramar Restaurant located at 501 E. Lake Street. I welcome everyone that wants to talk with me about the video, the incident, and any questions regarding the investigation process.
This week the Public Safety Committee will meet jointly with the Intergovernmental Relations Committee at 2:30 p.m. in City Hall, we will have a public hearing, this is another opportunity for you to come share your voice on improving police community relations. Additionally, on Thursday, August 23rd at 1:30 p.m. the Public Safety Committee will meet for it's regularly scheduled meeting. We will once again host a public comment period at the beginning of our meeting to hear your voice.
It's my understanding that the BCA has presented their findings to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman who will then need to make a decision on the case. As with any officer-involved shooting, the MPD Internal Affairs Unit will automatically open an internal use of force review. This means the case remains an open investigation for MPD and will thus limit our Chief of Police's ability to comment publicly on the matter. I am hoping to be able to share more about this topic in the days to come so as many people as possible are aware of the process and can share their perspectives and questions about it.
As we continue to engage with one another on this, please know that there are community resources and people ready to support. The video below was produced through ReCAST Minneapolis in collaboration with Resmaa Menakem, Dr. Joi Lewis, and SwayHeavy Productions to help community process traumatic events in the African American community. Please share this link with your friends, family, and neighbors. While we know we have a long road ahead, we do not need to walk it alone.
Con amor y paz,