Minnesota Attorney General To Take Over Prosecutions In George Floyd’s Death

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“Our constituents...have lost faith in the ability of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.”

According to NBC News, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (DFL) appointed state Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) to lead the prosecution of cases arising from the death of George Floyd.

  • Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25th, after Chauvin pinned down Floyd’s neck to the ground with his knee for several minutes.
  • Walz announced Ellison as the lead prosecutor on Sunday, “shortly after the Hennepin County prosecutor said he had asked Ellison to ‘assist’ in the investigation, two days after 10 members representing Minneapolis in the state House asked Walz in a letter to transfer the case to Ellison,” wrote NBC News.

"Unfortunately, our constituents, especially constituents of color, have lost faith in the ability of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to fairly and impartially investigate and prosecute these cases," the letter said.

  • Walz stated that Floyd’s family asked for Ellison to take over the case, and that “they were very clear they wanted the system to work for them, they wanted to believe that there was trust.”

"This decision is one that I feel takes us in that direction and the step to start getting the justice for George Floyd," Walz said.

  • Ellison, who represented Minneapolis in Congress from 2007 to 2019, said that it was too early to answer questions regarding the case, but explained that he and Freeman “had an excellent conversation” and that “we will be working together.”
  • He posted on Twitter, “We are going to bear all the resources necessary to achieve justice in this case.”

“We are pursuing justice. We are pursuing truth. We’re doing it vigorously, and we are pursuing accountability,” Ellison continued. However, “let me also note a dose of reality...Prosecuting police officers for misconduct, including homicide and murder, is very difficult, and if you look at the cases that have been in front of the public in the last many years, it's easy to see that is true,” he said. Every single link in the prosecutorial chain will come under attack as we present this case to a jury or a fact finder."

Read the report here.

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