Leftist activists, with help from the media, have attempted to frame the fatal police shooting of an armed convicted felon, who happens to be a black male, fleeing Minneapolis officers as racially motivated. But the released video footage from the June incident and a new investigative report from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman reveals that the felon shot at officers before he was fired at.
Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll maintains that officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly “were forced to fire at the suspect only after he pointed a gun and fired at the officers.”
In the released footage of the incident, suspect Thurman Blevins is shown in possession of a firearm. “I don’t know the exact seconds of shots, but as Blevins’ gun comes around you’ll see he fired, it hits the pavement in the alley, the round hits the pavement right in the direction of Officer Kelly,” explained Mr. Kroll, according to KMSP News.
This assertion is backed up by an investigative report that revealed a bullet casing from Mr. Blevins’ gun was recovered. “One brass cartridge case was recovered near Mr. Blevins’ body (later determined to have been fired by Mr. Blevins’ gun),” says the report.
“Police officers never want to be forced to fire their weapons. Sadly, Mr. Blevins gave them no other options,” said Kroll. “Blevins was shooting a gun in a residential area, he resisted officers, fled, pointed a gun at them and fired.”
Blevins, 31, had a long criminal history, noted Kroll. “Blevins racked up six felony convictions. Among them, fleeing police, assaulting an officer, narcotics possession, and felon in possession of a pistol. At 31 years of age that’s quite a criminal history,” he said.
Kroll added that the actions of the officers involved were “heroic.”
“The Federation maintained from the start that the officers’ actions during this incident were heroic. The body camera footage exemplifies this,” he said. “The officers did exactly what the public expects them to do. They responded to a 911 call of someone shooting a gun. They located the suspect, gave numerous orders for him to comply, pursued the suspect as he fled. They were forced to fire at the suspect only after he pointed a gun and fired at the officers. The officers deserve Minneapolis Police Department’s highest award, the Medal of Honor, and they deserve the respect of the population they are sworn to protect.”
There will be no criminal charges filed against Schmidt and Kelly, announced Freeman on Monday. During the announcement, leftist activists staged a protest.
Another protest seeking “justice” for Blevins is set for Tuesday at the Hennepin County Government Center, reports KMSP News.