Protesters interrupted a news conference by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman that was scheduled to announce a charging decision in the June 23 officer-involved shooting of Thurman Blevins by Minneapolis police. Freeman didn’t get to his analysis or decision in the case before community activists and the Blevins family took control of the podium. He later issued a press release to announce no criminal charges will be filed against Officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly.I would be tired of it, too. There's more:
Freeman exited the room after his words were drowned out by the shouting of a group gathered in the back of the room. That group, including members of Thurman Blevins' extended family, eventually took control of the podium.
"We’re tired. We’re going to tear this city up," one said. "Black people are tired of being hunted down."
"The family is hurt, the family is devastated," Blevins' cousin, Sydnee Brown said. "I don’t want the media to think we are angry. We’re not angry, we’re disgusted by the leaders of the world and Minnesota. We want the cops arrested in 48 hours because this was murder. Maybe we need to start changing some laws here in the United States."No, ma'am, you're angry. It's certainly understandable. If my cousin were shot on the streets of Minneapolis, I would be angry, too. I would suggest removing due process is more likely to hurt Ms. Brown and her family more than it would hurt the officers, though.
It's pretty clear -- Blevins was chemically altered in some way and was shooting his gun randomly in the neighborhood. He was making bad decisions. Should he have paid with his life for that? You'd hope not, but one must be aware of the consequences of one's actions. And no matter how many laws we pass or change, we cannot change human nature.