George Floyd death: Minnesota AG expects police will be charged

Saturday, 30 May, 2020

The FBI and U.S. Department of Justice have launched investigations into the incident.

On Thursday night, as protests spread across the country, New York City police arrested 72 people during a protest that began in Manhattan's Union Square; five people were charged with assaulting officers with street debris.

The investigation, which Attorney General William Barr had designated a "top priority", will focus on whether the arresting officers used the "colour of law" to deprive Floyd of his civil rights, a federal crime, she said.

"I have every expectation that they will be [filed]" soon, said Ellison, while pointing out that his office is not the one to make charges happen.

Pleading the fifth amendment prohibits defendants from self-incrimination and double jeopardy as well as mandates due process of law, meaning fair treatment through the judicial system. "This process is proceeding quickly".

"I think the tension that black parents and black teachers and black loved ones have to communicate the realities of the world as they exist to young black people and to black children so that they understand the world that they're navigating", added Smith.

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George Floyd death: Minnesota AG expects police will be charged

Earlier, Frey called on the district county attorney to arrest the officer who suffocated Floyd.

But while Freeman condemned the now-fired officers' actions as "graphic and horrific and awful", he said the footage alone isn't enough to bring charges.

Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, who made the Friday announcement at a brief news conference, said he did not have information about the charges, or about the status of three other officers who were at the scene of Floyd's arrest.

"This is by far the fastest we have ever charged a police officer", Freeman said. "We have to charge these cases very carefully because we have a hard burden of proof".

Floyd, a Houston native known affectionately to friends as " Big Floyd", and who had worked as a nightclub security employee, was reportedly suspected of trying to pass counterfeit money when police took him into custody. Floyd was unarmed and handcuffed when he was pinned to the ground.

A cell phone video shows Floyd's head is turned to the side and he does not appear to be resisting. We still have not seen any video - police bodycam or otherwise - of the initial moment when officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on George Floyd's neck. eventually killing him. He does not. Bystanders are also heard shouting at Chauvin to take his knee off of Floyd's neck.