Woman punched during Blevins protest in downtown Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Hundreds of protesters marched along the downtown Minneapolis light rail tracks Tuesday, calling for justice after the police body camera footage was released in the deadly officer-involved shooting of Thurman Blevins.
After listening to some speakers outside the Hennepin County Government Center, the crowd began to follow the light rail tracks, causing delays for the Green and Blue Lines as well as some bus routes. Metro Transit officials are telling people to expect delays.
During the march, a woman saying, "I just want to go home" tried walking through a group of protesters, but then things got heated. The woman grabbed at one of the protesters' signs and the protester responded with two punches - one hitting the woman near her shoulder and the other hitting her in the arms. The scuffle was quickly broken up and the woman was seen speaking with police. A spokesman for Minneapolis police says no formal complaint was made about the incident and no arrests were made during the protest.
After reviewing police body camera footage of the Blevins shooting, evidence and the case file, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman decided not to charge the two officers involved in the shooting. Blevins' family members and activists have been critical of the body camera footage since its release Sunday night, voicing their concerns by taking over Freeman's press conference on Monday.