“The Minnesota Council of Churches expresses great concern that another black man has been killed by police in Minneapolis. Such acts traumatize entire communities and demand that we ask the question: do black lives matter in Minnesota? As people of faith and followers of Jesus, we call for full transparency in the investigation of this police killing. We call for more systems of accountability in policing statewide. We also join those envisioning alternative ways for addressing violence and providing safety in our communities. We offer our prayers for the family and friends of Thurman Blevins, Jr. We offer our partnership to those who want to create a more just Minnesota.” – Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, CEO

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