Minnesota AG Keith Ellison to take lead in George Floyd case: governor

Minnesota AG Keith Ellison to take lead in George Floyd case: governor

Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonMinnesota lawmakers blast pharmaceutical industry lawsuit over insulin affordability law OVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ whistleblower says California emissions probe was 'abuse of authority' | EPA won't defend policy blocking grantees from serving on boards | Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change MORE (D) will take the lead on the prosecution of Derek Chauvin, the former officer charged in the death of George Floyd, as well as any other charges brought forward as part of the investigation into Floyd's death.

Gov. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzMinnesota lawmakers blast pharmaceutical industry lawsuit over insulin affordability law Judge in George Floyd case tells attorneys, officials, family to limit public statements Internal watchdog investigating if Air Force improperly used plane to surveil protests: report MORE (D) announced Sunday that Ellison would lead the state's prosecution of anyone found to be possibly liable for Floyd's death, adding that the former U.S. House member had the experience needed to head up the case, NBC News reported.

"This decision is one that I feel takes us in that direction and the step to start getting the justice for George Floyd," Walz said, according to NBC.

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Walz's announcement comes following a letter from 10 members of the Minnesota state legislature urging Ellison to take over the prosecution, arguing that the county prosecutor had lost the faith of members of the Minneapolis community.

"Unfortunately, our constituents, especially constituents of color, have lost faith in the ability of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to fairly and impartially investigate and prosecute these cases," they wrote, according to NBC.

"It 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 Sunday.

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

Floyd's death, which video shows occurred  after he begged for his life while an officer identified as Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes, sparked a wave of protests across the nation over the weekend.

On Friday, Freeman announced that Chauvin would be charged with third-degree murder after the county initially waited several days to arrest or charge the former officer.