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Minneapolis police shooting not justified, family says

MINNEAPOLIS — Relatives of a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police called for criminal charges against two officers Monday, saying they believe the killing wasn’t justified because he posed no threat.

Thurman Blevins Jr., 31, was shot and killed June 23 after Officers Ryan Kelly and Justin Schmidt chased him on foot for a few blocks into a north Minneapolis alley.

The state agency investigating the shooting confirmed that Kelly and Ryan fired their guns while responding to a 911 call of a man firing a handgun into the air and the ground. Police said they recovered a gun from the scene.

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Activist Mel Reeves said he’s planning a meeting Wednesday about the killing of Blevins, known as ‘‘Jun.’’ He was joined by Blevins’s sister, aunt, and cousin, who have called for greater transparency in the investigation and for the dismissal of the officers.

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‘‘The family doesn’t understand, nor the community, how a person running away from the police was a threat,’’ Reeves said. ‘‘We feel like Jun should still be alive and that he should not have been shot in the back.’’

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