Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison has announced new charges in the death of George Floyd, which has triggered widespread protests across the United States.
Ellison, announced that the murder charge against Derek Chauvin has been elevated to second-degree murder and that three other former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
He also disclosed that arrest warrants have been issued, after a strong team reviewed the evidence.
Recall that nine days ago, a video went viral, showing a white police officer continuing to kneel on the 46-year-old Floyd’s neck even after he pleaded he could not breathe.
Meanwhile, the AG has asked for patience and trust, as the case is still under investigation, and encouraged those with evidence to come forward and be cooperative with the investigation.
He cautioned that the investigation is ongoing and they are investigating as quickly and thoroughly but, it takes time.
While noting that trying the case won’t be easy, and winning a conviction will be hard, he stressed that history shows there are clear challenges, but they will work hard to rely on each other and the Community to support the investigation.
He, however called for new policies and legislations to bring about change, adding that a protest and demonstration are necessary but building strong institution is important.