Protesters demand evidence be released in police-involved shooting in Columbia Heights

Protesters at the Columbia Heights Police Dept.
Protesters demand that the Columbia Heights Police Department release video from an incident in November 2015 in which Michael Kirvelay, 45, was killed. The doors to the police department were locked, so protesters left messages on the sidewalk outside.
Elizabeth Dunbar | MPR News

Family and supporters of a Minnesota man who was killed in an incident with Columbia Heights and Fridley police last November held a rally Saturday to demand that authorities release video of the incident.

Michael Kirvelay's brother, Bill, says one of his sisters called police because Michael was suffering from a mental health problem. Authorities have said Kirvelay was armed and would not show his hands.

"What we want is for them to prosecute the police for the murder of my brother, for the illegal detainment of my siblings, we want them to release the body cam and all the police reports and we don't want a grand jury," Kirvelay said.

Bill Kirvelay says family members plan to meet with Anoka County prosecutors on Monday to discuss next steps in the case.

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