Minnesota governor makes emotional visit to site of George Floyd's death

Lawrence Kim
June 4, 2020

"After our very earnest conversation, thank you to Governor Walz for doing what's right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case", he wrote. "We are reviewing the evidence, and we are reviewing the law, and we are going to charge this case in a manner consistent with the highest level of accountability that the facts and the law will support", Ellison said to MSNBC Monday morning June 1st. Crump said Elison had told the family he would continue his investigation into Floyd's death and upgrade the charge to first-degree murder if warranted.

Widely seen bystander video showing Floyd's May 25 death has sparked protests around the U.S. and world against police brutality and discrimination. He pointed to the deaths of Freddie Gray and Philando Castile, and the beating of Rodney King, as examples of cases where striking video of an incident did not lead to convictions of officers.

NY police said about 280 people were arrested on protest-related charges Tuesday night, compared with 700 a day earlier. All four were fired last week.

The most serious charge was filed against Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyd's neck and now must defend himself against an accusation of second-degree murder. Previously, he reported for the Associated Press, Galveston County Daily News and Daily Herald in Chicago.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Floyd's family, called it "a bittersweet moment" and "a significant step forward on the road to justice".

"We are glad there are additional charges, but that doesn't mean justice has been served", she said.

"It's not enough", protester Jonathan Roldan said, insisting all four officers should have been charged from the start.

Personnel records released by the city show Chauvin served as a military policeman in the USA army in the late 1990s.

Floyd, a black man, was in handcuffs when he died with his face pressed to the street.

In the latter incident, Chauvin broke down a bathroom door and shot the man in the stomach.

Chauvin was reprimanded in 2008 for pulling a woman out of her vehicle in 2007, frisking her and placing her in his squad auto after he stopped her for speeding 16 kilometres an hour over the limit.

Tuesday was the fifth night of Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, DC, in response to the death of George Floyd.

Kueng was already in Hennepin County Jail as the charges were announced.

Kueng was a 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota where he worked part-time as campus security. He was laid off later that year due to budget cuts and rehired in 2012.

JAY-Z's conversation with the governor comes after several days of protests across multiple major American cities, sparked by Floyd's death, which resulted after a police officer held him down by the neck with his knee for more than seven minutes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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