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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/03/2020 04:06 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/03/2020 04:06 PM
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Attorney General Ellison charges Derek Chauvin with 2nd-degree murder of George Floyd, three former officers with aiding and abetting 2nd-degree murder

Saint Paul, MN...Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison made several announcements today in the prosecution of the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis. First, Attorney General Ellison announced that he has filed a charge of second-degree murder against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The new second-degree murder charge joins the previously-filed charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Second, Attorney General Ellison announced that he and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman have filed charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter against former Minneapolis officers J.A. Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao. Arrest warrants have been issued for Kueng, Lane, and Thao.

All the complaints charge that the four officers caused Mr. Floyd’s death while using unlawful and excessive force in arresting Mr. Floyd.

The complaints allege that on the evening of May 25, the officers arrested Mr. Floyd at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. In detaining Mr. Floyd, Derek Chauvin used an unauthorized restraint technique in which he pressed his knee into Mr. Floyd’s neck to restrict Mr. Floyd’s movement while Mr. Floyd was handcuffed and laying on the pavement. Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng held Mr. Floyd by the legs and hips to further restrict movement. Tou Thao stood guard to prevent members of the public, who gathered nearby to witness the police action, from intervening to aid Mr. Floyd. While the officers restrained him nearly motionless on the ground, Mr. Floyd repeatedly told the officer he could not breathe and also said that he was about to die.

The complaints allege that Derek Chauvin, who last week was charged with third degree murder but now faces an additional charge of second degree murder, assaulted Mr. Floyd by using unauthorized and unnecessary force to intentionally inflict bodily harm upon Mr. Floyd. The actions of Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J.A. Kueng aided Chauvin’s assault by allowing him to continue to inflict bodily harm on Mr. Floyd for several minutes, well after any need by the officers to use physical force had dissipated. Because the actions of the officers resulted in Mr. Floyd’s death, second-degree murder is an appropriate charge.

Derek Chauvin was arrested on May 28 and remains in custody. J.A. Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao were arrested today and also remain in custody.

The case is under continuing investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The officers will be prosecuted by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, with Attorney General Ellison as the lead prosecutor. Copies of the complaints for Chauvin, Kueng, Lane, and Thao are available on Attorney General Keith Ellison’s website.

Attorney General Ellison’s remarks as prepared for delivery at today’s press conference announcing the charges are below.

I want to begin with a reminder of why we’re here today.

We’re here today because George Floyd is not here. He should be here. He should be alive. But he is not.

About nine days ago, the world watched Floyd utter his last words, “I can’t breathe,” as he pleaded for his life. The world heard Floyd call out for his mama and cry out, “Don’t kill me.”

Just two days ago, when I became the lead prosecutor in the murder of Mr. Floyd, I asked for time to thoroughly review all the evidence in this case that’s available so far, even while the investigation is ongoing.

I also said that that I know it’s a lot to ask people and communities who have suffered decades and centuries of injustice to be patient and to wait longer for justice.

I thank you for the patience you’ve show me in the pursuit of justice so far.

I am here today to make some announcements in the prosecution of the murder of George Floyd.

First, today, I filed an amended complaint that charges former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with murder in the second degree for the death of George Floyd. I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second-degree murder.

Second, today, arrest warrants were issued for former Minneapolis police officers J.A. Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao.

Finally, today, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman joined me in filing a complaint that charges former police officers Kueng, Lane, and Thao with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree, a felony offense.

I strongly believe that these developments are in the interests of justice for Mr. Floyd, his family, our community, and our state.

I’m the lead prosecutor on the State’s case and I will be speaking for it — and this is absolutely a team effort. I’ve assembled a strong team. We have one goal and one goal only: justice for George Floyd.

I want to thank Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who has been a true partner. His experience and insight has been invaluable. I also want to thank County Attorney Freeman’s professional staff, who have cooperated with us from the minute that I took the lead on this case.

I also want to thank Superintendent Drew Evans of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and his professional staff for the care and speed with which they are conducting the investigation.

I especially thank U.S. Attorney Erica McDonald and Special Agent in Charge Rainer Drolshagen, who are conducting a parallel federal “color of law” investigation. I have heard directly from the leadership of the Justice Department that there is full support for her leadership. As she put it so well: “one team, one goal, one mission.” I agree 100 percent.

And as I said earlier, I thank Mr. Floyd’s family and the community for their patience in allowing us time and space in these last two days to lay these charges.

As hard as it to do, I now ask for more patience.

This case continues to be under investigation. We will also not be able to say very much publicly about the investigation, except that we encourage anyone who believes that have any evidence in the case at all to come forward and cooperative with the investigation.

As we develop the case for the prosecution, we will also not be able to say very much publicly about it.

So I ask for your patience while we limit our public statements in the pursuit of justice. I also ask for your trust that we are pursuing justice by every legal and ethical means available to us.

I also want to add some caution.

The investigation is ongoing. We are following the path of all evidence, wherever it leads. We are investigating as quickly as we can, because speed is important. We are also investigating as thoroughly as we can, because thoroughness is also important — and thoroughness takes time.

The reason thoroughness is important is because every link in the prosecutorial chain needs to be strong. It needs to be strong because trying this case will be hard. Winning a conviction will be hard. I say that not because I doubt our resources or abilities or resolve, but because history shows that trying and winning a case like this one is hard.

To the Floyd family, to our beloved community, and everyone that is watching, I say: George Floyd mattered. He was loved. His life was important. His life had value. We will seek justice for him and for you and we will find it.

The very fact that we have filed these charges means that we believe in them. But what I do not believe is that one successful prosecution can rectify the hurt and loss that so many people feel. The solution to that pain will be in the slow and difficult work of constructing justice and fairness in our society.

That work is the work of all of us. We don’t need to wait for the resolution of the investigation and prosecution of the George Floyd case. We need citizens, neighbors, leaders in government and faith communities, civil- and human- rights activists to begin rewriting the rules for a just society. We need new policy and legislation and ways of thinking at municipal, state, and federal levels. The world of arts and entertainment can use their cultural influence to help inspire the change we need. There is a role for all who dream of a justice we haven’t had yet.

In the final analysis, a protest can shake the tree and make the fruit fall down. But after that fruit is in reach, collecting it and making the jam must follow. The demonstration is dramatic and necessary. But building just institutions is slower and more of a grind, and just as important. We need your energy there too. We need it now.

Thank you.

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Posted on: 2020-06-03 17:45:36   By: Anonymous
If this took this long, could you imagine how long this would have took if there was no video evidence? Think about that, and then maybe you can understand why so many people are protesting.

AND those who instigate violence from protestors are just as much scum as the opportunist who may hide within the protesting. Looking at you Oakdale!

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    Posted on: 2020-06-03 18:19:39   By: Anonymous
    Trump’s presidency is so over. That stupid racist is done. Over cooked..

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      Posted on: 2020-06-03 18:50:42   By: Anonymous
      Today he called Episcopalians the "opposition party." Apparently, because a minster or two from that denomination criticized his holding the bible as a political stunt. He is so toast.

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        Re: HYPOCRITE
        Posted on: 2020-06-03 19:15:19   By: Anonymous
        And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they live to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward........Christ Matthew 6:5

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          Re: HYPOCRITE
          Posted on: 2020-06-03 19:39:17   By: Anonymous
          Yes, someone who follows Jesus's teaching does not need to be seen doing so. Like I used to say to my kids and students, work at not being caught doing good.

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      Posted on: 2020-06-03 19:01:01   By: Anonymous
      Today former Defense Secretary Mattis called Trump, "A threat to the Constitution," saying no president in his lifetime has so worked at dividing the country. Former presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama spoke similarly and for Americans to come together. Meanwhile, Trump tries to backpedal his bible thumping and "looting and shooting" Tweet.

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        Posted on: 2020-06-03 20:44:37   By: Anonymous
        Fuk Trump

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          Posted on: 2020-06-04 05:57:50   By: Anonymous
          Repeated Profanity from this IP Address

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            Posted on: 2020-06-04 07:04:08   By: Anonymous
            ^redneck coksukr

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    Posted on: 2020-06-03 18:33:40   By: Anonymous
    Nearly 1000 BLM protesters in Sonora today.

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      Posted on: 2020-06-03 18:52:32   By: Anonymous
      That's great. I'm happy to hear that that many people cared in the Tuolumne community. They should be proud.

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        Posted on: 2020-06-03 20:45:09   By: Anonymous
        Yeah, and one blackie too.

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        Posted on: 2020-06-03 22:06:49   By: Anonymous
        And no violence or looting as well. Apparently, the right wing or boogaloo. Or perhaps we're just too small town to be considered important to infiltrate, a blessing.

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      Posted on: 2020-06-03 22:28:43   By: Anonymous
      And not a black person in sight. . .

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        Posted on: 2020-06-04 07:05:02   By: Anonymous
        Look at the pictures, there was one.

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          Posted on: 2020-06-04 08:47:11   By: Anonymous
          And that was probably the most supported in this community they have ever felt.

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    Posted on: 2020-06-03 18:51:19   By: Anonymous
    ^ This.

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Posted on: 2020-06-03 18:52:23   By: Anonymous
AG Ellison acknowledged it might be tough to prove all charges but the world is watching. May George Floyd's death have meaning.

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    Posted on: 2020-06-03 20:16:26   By: Anonymous
    Betcha wouldn’t be hard if all 4 of those officers were black and George was a white lady.

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      Posted on: 2020-06-03 20:22:19   By: Anonymous
      Yes, how would all of this have turned out if there were four black cops and a white person? It certainly would not be racial because only white people are racists, right? This is why ALL LIVES MATTER!

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        Posted on: 2020-06-03 21:00:26   By: Anonymous
        But it wasn't 4 black cops on a white person. You're in total denial, like Trump. Trying to cover it up for over 3 years as black men have been killed is why we have protesters by the millions marching in every state in America.


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          Posted on: 2020-06-03 21:16:13   By: Anonymous
          There was a reason why he was arrested by the cops. If he didn't do anything to get arrested then he would still be alive today. The cops are not going to arrest you unless you do a crime. So go back into that sh*t hole that you came out of you ass hole.

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            Posted on: 2020-06-03 22:10:21   By: Anonymous
            Guessing you don't get out much, do you? And certainly not elsewhere in the world where if you're white, you get a go home and sleep it off. If you're black, you can end up dead.

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            Posted on: 2020-06-03 22:12:00   By: Anonymous
            Though I understand what you're saying - the man did have meth and alcohol in his system - a white man in this country would be jailed overnight (in CA, even released on a No Bail rule). A black man doesn't make it to his cell alive.

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            Posted on: 2020-06-04 03:10:01   By: Anonymous
            "The cops aren't going to arrest you unless you do a crime."
            I just spent the last 3 days watching cops arresting peaceful demonstrators. In some cases they even gased, shot or beat those same folks for nothing other than simply.....being.
            Cops arrest innocent people EVERY DAY.

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              Posted on: 2020-06-04 08:08:06   By: Anonymous
              That's bullsh*t and you know it. If you are a law abiding citizen then there would be no reason for the cops to arrest you. Stay off the drugs and stay out of the streets and you will be just fine. If you choose to take drugs and cause chaos then you deserve to be arrested and you suffer the consequences. You fit into the profile of a stupid Redneck.

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                Posted on: 2020-06-04 08:35:05   By: Anonymous
                It's not BS. It's completely legit. Spend an hour on Twitter or whatever, looking at protest videos and it won't take long to see a law enforcement officer arresting a peaceful protester. Often that process includes assault upon that same protester. Wish I could agree with you but your fairy tale about infallible cops is simply ridiculous. Cops, like us, are human. We all make mistakes.

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                  Posted on: 2020-06-04 14:41:12   By: Anonymous
                  If you don't give the cops any reason to arrest you then you won't have any encounters with law enforcement. I have never had law enforcement arrest me for no reason because I am a law abiding citizen. If I see a Sheriff's patrol car in my neighborhood I wave to them. Who are the first people that you call when you have a problem with someone, law enforcement.

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                Posted on: 2020-06-04 08:49:17   By: Anonymous
                There's you white privilege. You don't have to worry.

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                Posted on: 2020-06-04 08:51:43   By: Anonymous
                The consequences are being murdered?!

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      Posted on: 2020-06-03 22:08:37   By: Anonymous
      Idiot, racist comment. It wasn't a white lady. It was a black man beset upon by white cops, once again.

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Posted on: 2020-06-03 22:30:01   By: Anonymous
It's over. Floyd had and died of the corona.

Everyone can go home now.

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