Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced on Sunday (May 31) that Attorney General Keith Ellison would take the lead in all law enforcement efforts related to George Floyd's death.
The news comes after an intense protest weekend in 75 cities across the country. The ongoing protests after the police murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor took a chaotic and dangerous turn when tearful protesters were registered in Minneapolis who drove vehicles through crowds in Brooklyn, hit men and women with batons in Los Angeles, and a Black couple in Atlanta trying to make it to their home.
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was recorded on a cell phone video with his knee behind his neck by George Floyd while trying to arrest him, causing his death, was arrested on Friday (May 29) and third for murder and manslaughter Grades accused. Hennepin County, Minnesota's lawyer, Mike Freeman, announced.
He has been reportedly detained by the Minneapolis Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
"We found it appropriate to focus on the most dangerous offender," said Freeman. "We have never billed a case in such a period, and we can only bill a case if we have clear evidence."
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Walz’s decision to let Ellison take the lead comes at the request of activists, some city council members, and a civil rights group.
Ellison confirmed the message via Twitter and wrote: "With a high degree of humility and seriousness, I take responsibility for my office to lead this critical case in which George Floyd is killed."
He continued: "We will use all resources necessary to achieve justice in this case."
In a press conference today, Walz also said he received a call from Jay-Z to raise the protesters' request that all four officers involved in Floyd's murder be brought to justice.
Walz told FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul: "It was so incredibly human. It was a father – and I honestly think a black man whose visceral pain he knew. His words summarized that justice must be served here. He said he felt the compassion and humanity of those people who spoke, ”said Walz. “He knows that the world is watching and how Minnesota deals with it will have an impact across the country. It is a positive sign that someone of such stature who is so present is concentrating on the moment that Minnesotas are concentrating on. "
The other three officers seen in the video of the deadly encounter with the police – Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng – have also been released, but have yet to be charged.
Many call charges against police officers who have escalated violence in often peaceful demonstrations against police brutality.
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