For better or worse, the family of George Floyd has gotten their wish. The prosecution of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was originally assigned to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, a person with a combined 25 years experience as a prosecutor. In a strange political coincidence, Freeman is the man who replaced Amy Klobuchar in the office and handled the prosecution of Myon Burrell, which drew a lot of negative attention to Klobuchar’s campaign earlier this year.
But Floyd’s family, along with ten members of the Minnesota legislature, told the Governor that they had “lost faith in the ability of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to fairly and impartially investigate and prosecute these cases.” In response, Governor Walz has assigned Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the case at the family’s request, though Freeman will still “help” with the workload. (NBC News)
Minnesota’s governor appointed state Attorney General Keith Ellison on Sunday to lead the prosecution of any cases arising from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
Gov. Tim Walz announced Ellison’s appointment as lead prosecutor shortly after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he had asked Ellison to “assist” in the investigation. Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25 as Chauvin pinned his neck to the ground with his knee.
“We have the best person with Attorney General Ellison to pursue this case,” Walz said.