Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced that Attorney General Keith Ellison will take the lead in the prosecution of the former cop charged in the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
It'swith 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. We are going to bring to bear all the resources necessary to achieve justice in this case.
Walz said Sunday that he decided to hand over the case to Ellison from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office at the urging of Floyd’s family, community activists and some members of the Minneapolis City Council, the Star Tribune reported.
“This decision is one that I feel takes us in that direction and the step to start getting the justice for George Floyd. When I spoke to the Floyd family they were very clear: They wanted the system to work for them. They wanted to believe that there was trust and they wanted to feel like the facts would be heard and justice would be served.”
Ten members representing Minneapolis in the state House also asked Walz in a letter to transfer the case to Ellison, NBC News reported.