MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A community meeting to discuss the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police ended abruptly Thursday after his family angrily questioned why the meeting was being held and objected to the presence of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Thurman Blevins, 31, was killed last month after officers responded to a 911 call of a man shooting a gun into the air and ground. Authorities said two Minneapolis officers fired their guns after chasing Blevins into an alley. They said a gun was recovered at the scene, but some community members have disputed that Blevins was armed.
BCA Superintendent Drew Evans was scheduled to speak at Thursday’s meeting about how his agency investigates shootings involving officers, and he planned to review details about Blevins’ death that have been made public. But as he began speaking, some of Blevins’ family members became angry and said they were never consulted.
“I am disappointed in whoever organized this because you didn’t have the decency to reach out to my (family) but you used my brother’s death, and in some way in vain, and that’s not OK,” said Blevins’ sister, Corey Blevins.