BREAKING: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has asked Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the prosecution of the officers who murdered George Floyd.
We appreciate that the Governor has taken a first step in responding to our concerns by asking the Attorney General to take over the George Floyd case, as we and the Legal Rights Center had urged. We are hopeful this will lead to real justice and the prosecution of all officers involved in George’s brutal murder.
We are still awaiting details of whether the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office will remain involved.
We continue to call for a fully independent prosecution.
(Updated May 31, 2020, 9:25 p.m. CT)
George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police is a tragedy that continues a long pattern of police violence against Black people in this city. Healing will be long and difficult, but it must begin with justice for George Floyd.
As so often happens with county attorneys, the Hennepin County Attorney’s office has failed to deliver this justice in the past. That failure that has further eroded trust between the Black community and Minneapolis law enforcement. At a time when mending this trust is most essential, the ACLU of Minnesota is calling for the prosecution of the officers involved in George Floyd’s death be taken out of the County Attorney’s hands.
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Watch this space for more ways to get involved. The fight for justice for George Floyd is far from over.