Black Lives Matter demonstrators are trying to say cops killed 31-year-old Thurman Blevins Jr. because of racism instead of the fact that he appeared to point a gun at police while running away.
He died weeks ago, and outrage from the family resulted in the police releasing body cam video from the altercation.
Unfortunately for the family, it exonerates the cops:
The police say they were called because a man shot a gun in the air. When they confront Blevins, he immediately takes off. In the video, it looks like he has a gun.
They chase him for a long time and give him commands which he ignores.
Finally, it appears that he’s about to point a weapon at them, so they gun him down.
In the unedited video, you can see what looks like a weapon next to him after the police shoot him.
There’s just no way anyone can claim it was planted or anything.
I feel bad for the family, but Blevins could still be alive if he had only followed police commands.
And yet people are still whining:
Thurman Blevins Jr. was executed by the Minneapolis Police Department. He was shot multiple times in the BACK while being chased. That is sickening. Yes, he had a gun. If a white man had a gun, the media and the police would just say it was his 2nd amendment rights to have a gun.— Lauren (@lauren_moen) July 30, 2018
That’s false. There’s plenty of cases where police gun down whites with guns. Google em.
“Please don’t shoot me!” “Leave me alone!”— Nekima Levy-Pounds (@nvlevy) July 28, 2018
“I’m not armed!”
—Thurman Blevins’ last words before he was gunned down by police.
So what? He had a gun. Should police believe everything someone tells them or should they act to protect their lives?
So, the Blevins police shooting video has been released.— Dianna E. Anderson 🏳️🌈 (@diannaeanderson) July 30, 2018
You do not have to watch it and turn black death into a spectacle.
But, if you are a white resident of Minneapolis, you probably should. Officers showed up, chased a suspect who did NOT match description, and killed him.
He ran away when they arrived. He had a gun. Is it really this difficult?
Minneapolis police said there would be no charges filed against the police officers who shot and killed Blevins. And that’s the right call.