Community members have been calling for the release of the body camera footage since Blevins' death.
A protest of Blevins' death was planned for Tuesday afternoon at the Hennepin County Government Center. (To be fair, all police shootings are now controversial, even when they are obviously justified.) This one occurred on June 23, a little over a month ago, when officers received a call to the effect that someone was walking down an alley and firing a gun in predominantly African-American north Minneapolis.
When the squad auto pulls up, officer Schmidt yells that Blevins is armed and both cops jump out of the vehicle and start to chase Blevins.
The raw body-camera video does not clearly show this. In a conference call with reporters, Freeman attributed his fast charging decision to body cameras, cooperative officers and making the decision himself, rather than deferring to a grand jury.
"These cases tear apart our community", Freeman said in his prepared remarks Monday.
"We came here for justice", yelled one unidentified man.
Blevins is one of 584 people fatally shot by police officers so far this year in the United States. Paul area that have prompted controversy and protests in recent years, including those of Philando Castile, Jamar Clark and Justine Damond.
The clips bolster cops' claim that Blevins had a gun on him when they found, then chased him for several blocks. The officer who shot Damond - an Australian woman killed last year - was charged with murder and manslaughter this year.
On Sunday, officials released bodycam footage of the officer-involved shooting, which showed Blevins uncooperative - and armed.
An enhanced video released by the city appears to show a gun in Blevins' hand when officers open fire.
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"You've got a gun, motherf--!" the officer responds. His tank top was black, not "white or grey", but there is a black backpack on the ground next to him. Frey said the video was released in the interest of "transparency".
They appear to spot a man matching the description. Blevins' family and other community members had disputed that account. As the officers pull up, one says, "He's got a gun!". Both officers jump out. He continues to run as Schmidt orders him to drop his gun. He takes off down the street. Put your hands up! "I will f-ing shoot you!" As they exited their patrol auto and approached him, he fled; as they chased him on foot and ordered him to stop, he yelled, "Please don't shoot me".
Blevins yells back, "I didn't do nothing bro", "Please don't shoot" and "Leave me alone".
"Yes, you do", Schmidt replies "Put it down".
"Homie, please", he trousers.
"When Mr. 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, Mr. Blevins represented a danger to the lives of Officer Schmidt and Officer Kelly", Freeman said in the statement, noting that Minnesota law allows officers to use deadly force in such circumstances.
Police officers involved in a shooting that left a 31-year-old Minneapolis man dead on June 23 won't face charges, the district attorney announced on Monday.
Freeman's office later released the prosecutor's full statement, which said no charges would be coming against officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly for the killing of Blevins in a Minneapolis alley.
Blevins' cousin Sydnee Brown told the Star Tribune the clips prove his death was unnecessary, saying, "He wasn't a threat when they approached him".