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Minnesota attorney general to lead prosecutions related to George Floyd

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    Reuters

Minneapolis, United States   /   Mon, June 1, 2020   /   02:40 pm
Minnesota attorney general to lead prosecutions related to George Floyd Demonstrators carry placards with slogans as they march near the US Embassy in London on May 31, 2020 to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA. - Hundreds gathered in central London and marched to teh US Embassy to protest the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis while in police custody that has sparked days of unrest in the US city and beyond. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

Minnesota's state attorney general said on Sunday he will lead the prosecution of the case involving the killing of George Floyd, the unarmed African-American man who died after a policeman knelt on his neck as he groaned "I can't breathe."

"It is with a large degree of humility and a great seriousness, I accept for my office the responsibility for leadership on this critical case involving the killing of George Floyd," Ellison said in a tweet.

"We are going to bring to bear all the resources necessary to achieve justice in this case."

Ellison will be working with Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who on Friday announced third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges against former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was shown in video footage using his knee to pin Floyd to the street.

Three other officers involved with Floyd’s death have not yet been charged. All four were fired from the police force.

Floyd’s family had previously requested Ellison take over the case from Freeman, who in his capacity as county attorney typically works closely with Minneapolis police, local media reported.

People “don’t trust the process,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said at a Sunday news conference announcing the appointment of Ellison. “They don’t believe justice can be served," he said, adding that they believe the system works to deny "justice to communities of color.”