The Minneapolis Police Department is facing renewed scrutiny on how it handles misconduct.
This tragedy, as unfortunate as it is, happens far too often in communities of color without the same penchant for justice.
A collective trauma continues to rock communities of color following the murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.
Now well into its third week, the trial of former police officer Mohamed Noor has put the Minneapolis Police Department’s “blue wall of silence” in the forefront, along with issues of transparency and inconsistencies amongst its officers.
Just three years ago, the Fourth Precinct was the site of an 18-day occupation by activists and community members following the shooting death of Jamar Clark.
Many Whites believe the officers’ fear of being lured into an ambush is legitimate because they would process it the same way.
The full body photos taken of Minneapolis Police officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly right after the killing of Thurman Blevins, appearing in the July 31 Star Tribune, are hard to look at. They look more like mug shots.
On August 3, the Justice for June Committee held a news conference at the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, citing the officers’ complaint history and their aggressive behavior on the call as reasons why they should be terminated. The committee pointed to the Blevins shooting as part of a bigger cultural problem within the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). They are calling on a third-party investigation.
“You have justified police murder since you’ve been in office Mike Freeman,” she said while commandeering the conference alongside Blevins’ family and community members.
The video, released Sunday night, starts with the officers approaching Blevins, who is seen sitting on a curb with a woman and child. “He’s got a bottle of gin,” one officer can be heard saying. Then an officer says, “He’s got a gun!” and the officers get out of the car and order Blevins to put his hands up.