A prosecutor in the USA says he won't charge two police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man last month, as bodycam footage of the incident was released.
"Stop or I'll shoot", one officer yells as he pursues Blevins, 31.
The officers chase Blevins for about two blocks through the neighborhood and then down an alley.
"These cases tear apart our community", Freeman said in his prepared remarks Monday.
Protests followed Blevins' death and on Monday, Freeman was interrupted by family members and activists before he could read his statement.
The entire incident was captured by the officers' body cameras.
This image from multiple police cam videos provided by the Minneapolis Police Department shows a chase between Officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly and Thurman Blevins, in Minneapolis on June 23, 2018. The footage shows Blevins sitting on a curb near a woman with a stroller as the officers arrive.
"You've got a gun, mother******", Schmidt yells.
"Stop, stop! Put your hands up!". Schmidt also yells, "Put your hands up!".
"I haven't done nothing, bro", Blevins says. An enhanced version of the video has a red circle drawn around Blevins' hand to highlight what appears to be a gun.
Freeman said Blevins, a father-of-three daughters and two stepson turned toward the officers with the gun in his hand before he was shot on June 23. Investigators have not previously said Blevins fired a shot while running.
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"This points out just how important body-worn cameras are in these cases and how it gives the public a clear examination of events without a lot of uncertainty", Paulose said. A police union official also said the officers fired only after Blevins fired at them. Others were upset that Blevins was shot while running away.
In the video, Schmidt and Kelly can be seen arriving at a scene after receiving a report that an individual was firing a gun into the air. Blevins tries to deny this, and Schmidt insists he has a gun, saying, "Yes, you do".
The report from Freeman's office says a shell casing from Blevins' gun was found near his body.
Freeman says there's no basis for criminal charges against the officers.
"You shoot until the threat ends", Kroll said.
Investigators said both Kelly and Schmidt fired their weapons.
Minneapolis has been rocked by two high-profile fatal police shootings in recent years, including the November 2015 shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, and last year's shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, 40. "While Chief Arradondo is now prohibited by data practice law from commenting on the specifics of this case he will continue to remain engaged, active and listen throughout the community". Kelly and Schmidt are on paid administrative leave. Arradondo said he will be able to speak about the case once the criminal and internal investigation has concluded.
Freeman said the officers, who are both white, fired only after Blevins grabbed his loaded firearm and turned toward the officers. Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll told the press conference that the exact moment the shot was sacked would be discovered as the investigation of the incident proceeded.
'He didn't deserve to die, ' Brown said.
A protest of Blevins' death was planned for Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday NZT) at the Hennepin County Government Center. Per the Post, some say the officers should have done more to de-escalate the situation and accuse them of shooting Blevins in the back as he ran from them.
Blevins' death prompted earlier demonstrations and community advocates demanded transparency and urged the swift release of body camera footage.
The choice to release the footage came from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, after pressure from citizens and all 13 members of the Minneapolis City Council.