Activists, family demand charges for 2 Minneapolis officers who shot armed man after chase – Gun was recovered at the scene

A memorial is set up in the alley where Thurman Blevins was killed by a Minneapolis police officer earlier in the week, in Minneapolis, Monday, June 25, 2018. Some community members are disputing authorities' account that the black man had a gun before he was fatally shot by Minneapolis police, but a man who heard the shooting and saw the immediate aftermath said he saw a firearm near Thurman Blevins Jr.'s hand. The differing narratives prompted community leaders and officials to call for the swift release of body camera footage. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) 07/09 — Community activists and relatives of a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police officers are demanding that prosecutors file criminal charges against the two men.

They have called a news conference for Monday outside City Hall and are also planning a community meeting for Wednesday evening in north Minneapolis to discuss the killing of Thurman Blevins Jr.

Authorities say officers Ryan Kelly and Justin Schmidt opened fire after chasing Blevins into an alley June 23. Kelly and Ryan were responding to a report of a man firing a handgun, and investigators say a gun was recovered at the scene.

But some witnesses say Blevins was carrying a bottle or a cup.

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