Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will take the lead in the prosecution of the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week in police custody, the Star Tribune reports.
Gov. Tim Walz said Sunday that he concluded Ellison needed to take over the case from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office at the urging of Floyd's family, community activists, and some members of the Minneapolis City Council seeking a vigorous prosecution of the officer, 44-year-old Derek Chauvin.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested days after George Floyd's fatal arrest that sparked protests, rioting and outcry across the city and nation.
Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced at a 2 p.m. CT news conference.
Derek Chauvin, May 25, 2020
Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday, May 29, 2020, and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after a shocking video of him kneeling for nearly nine minutes on the neck of George Floyd set off a wave of protests across the country. (AP)