Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Designated as Lead Prosecutor on George Floyd’s Death

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Governor Tim Walz announced Sunday that he has asked Attorney General Keith Ellison to assist Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in the forthcoming case surrounding the death of George Floyd. Ellison has accepted the case; they plan on meeting Monday to begin their joint work, CBS Minnesota reports.

Over the past couple of days, Walz said he has heard a profound message from protesters: “they believe time and time again, the system works perfectly well as it was designed: to deny those rights and deny justice to communities of color.”

In response, Walz designated Ellison as the lead prosecutor on Floyd’s case.

“This case is unusual because of the way that Mr. Floyd was killed and who did it: at the hands of the defendant, who was a Minneapolis police officer,” said Ellison. “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. Every single link in the prosecutorial chain will come under attack as we present this case to a jury or a fact-finder,” he added.

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SOURCE: CBS News