The Department of Justice has made the investigation into Floyd's death a 'top priority,' Erica MacDonald, attorney for state of Minnesota, said at a press conference.
George Floyd Minneapolis protest updates: 'Group' of outsiders caused destruction
Protests turn deadly over black man who died in police custodyAfter a second night of protests in the wake of George Floyd's death Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called in assistance from the National Guard.Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesThe death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died, has caused outrage in the city of Minneapolis and all over the country. Residents of the city have protested his death since Tuesday. Though they have been mostly peaceful, on Wednesday, officials said"a core group of people" not from Minneapolis caused destruction.
City leaders have called for the community to voice their outrage in a lawful manner.6:25 p.m.: Investigation is 'top priority' for DOJThe Department of Justice has made the investigation into Floyd's death a"top priority," Erica MacDonald, attorney for state of Minnesota, said at a press conference.
MacDonald said President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are"directly and actively" monitoring the case."It is critical, it is essential, it is imperative that the investigation is done right and done right the first time," she said."And that is what we are going to do."
No federal or state charges against the officers were announced at the press conference.Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman asked for"patience.""Give us the time to do this right and we will bring you justice -- I promise," Freeman said.
He said his office has been flooded with calls on the status of the investigation. The main question, he said, has been,"what're you gonna do about the murder of George Floyd?""We are going to investigate as thoroughly as justice demands," Freeman said.
He called the officer's action"excessive and wrong," but said he needs to determine if it was criminal.Both MacDonald and Freeman called on the public to come forward with any information they may have.There was a delay in starting the press conference, which MacDonald apologized for and said she was hoping to share a development but that it was not the right time.
5:35 p.m.: City releases complaint history of 4 officersThe police officer seen in a video with his knee on Floyd's neck was involved in 18 complaints prior to being fired, according to records released by the city.Derek Chauvin, who was fired following Floyd's death, was only disciplined for two of those complaints, according to the city records.
The documents do not provide the details of the complaints or the disciplines.In an image made from video posted to Facebook, a Minneapolis police officer kneels on the neck of a man identified by a family attorney as George Floyd, May 25, 2020. Floyd died shortly after the incident.
In an image made from video posted to Facebook, a Minneapolis police officer kneels on the neck of a man identified by a family attorney as George Floyd, May 25, 2020. Floyd died shortly after the incident.Darnella Frazier via StoryfulTou Thao, who was the officer seen standing up in the video, had six complaints, one of which remains open, according to the records. Thao, who was also fired, was not disciplined for the other five complaints.
The other two officers who were fired, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, have had no complaints.5:15 p.m.: Governor signs executive order activating National GuardGov. Tim Walz signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard following Wednesday night's protests.
Walz said the purpose of the National Guard was"to protect people, to protect people safely demonstrating, and to protect small business owners.""The anger and grief of this moment is unbearable. People deserve to be seen. People deserve to be heard. People deserve to be safe," he said in a statement."While many Minnesotans are taking extensive safety precautions while exercising their right to protest, the demonstration last night became incredibly unsafe for all involved."
The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond to and recover from the protests, according to Walz's office.There will also be about 200 members of the Minnesota State Patrol that will work with state, county, and local community and public safety partners. State Patrol helicopters and fixed wind aircraft on the ground will assist law enforcement officers, the governor's office said.
5:03 p.m.: Families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery issue joint statementThe families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor andAhmaud Arbery-- all of whom died after incidents with current and former law enforcement -- are demanding change and calling for government action to address this"national crisis."
"We're devastated about the senseless violence that has broken the hearts of our families," the families said in a joint statement."While we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support, it's important that now – more than ever – we use our voices to enact change, demand accountability within our justice system and keep the legacies of Breonna, Ahmaud and George alive. This is a national crisis and our government needs to take immediate and widespread action to protect our black and brown communities."
The families have called for a congressional hearing and a national task force to create new bipartisan legislation that is aimed at ending racial violence and increasing police accountability.This undated photo courtesy of Breonna Taylor family shows Breonna posing during a graduation ceremony in Louisville, Ky.
This undated photo courtesy of Breonna Taylor family shows Breonna posing during a graduation ceremony in Louisville, Ky.Family of Breonna Taylor via AFP/Getty ImagesThey will also present a case to United Nation Human Rights Committee for sweeping changes to the nation's criminal justice system. A date for when they would be presenting their case was not provided.Read more: ABC News »
He should have been arrested the same day he murdered GeorgeFloyd that's what we R all upset about, plus this keeps happening! There doesn't have 2B an investigation, the whole🌎 knows it was cold blooded murder! We 👀 it with our own 👀 it was MURDER What's the FBI investigating ?! all they have to do is watch the tape and see Floyd was murdered.
Yes do that before the rioters and looters burn the whole place. I don’t think they need to destroy their city now, that’s just stupid. How does it make sense to burn down your own neighborhood? How does looting Target or burning down Auto Zone have anything at all to do with Floyd? Justice delayed is justice denied! We are conditioned to suffer peacefully! You can give me novocaine, but the pain is still there! Suffer peacefully, black man, suffer peacefully and maybe ‘things will change’ in another 400 years. Enough is enough! I CAN’T BREATHE!!!
That press conference was a cornucopia of words meaning nothing. My intelligence was insulted. Freeman & Macdonald are a joke. And Freeman has the audacity to reference Mohamed Noor. Tone deaf & clueless. Macdonald is a Karen, trust me!! Хорошие слова How can that be when there are no charges, probably cause anyone and the officer has 18 incidents prior to this holy hell!! Please god save us!!!
Outside liberals destroying liberal residents.....liberal logic 101 No death whether accidental, purposeful, or calculated justifies looting, burning, and vandalism. My thoughts are with the Floyd's family during this horrible time but they are also asking for calm while peacefully protesting. We need a new amendment to the US constitution, i.e. Freedom To Breath! It is a basic human rights to breath freely. No one should be allowed to hinder a person's free breath of air by any means, at any time and in any circumstances!
Will any of the looters be arrested? She’s a liar like all Trump associates. who is going to pay for the businesses that where burnt down or the stores that where looted, The city looked like a war zone after black lies matter and antifa got done with it, She can't wait for the investigation or the autopsy to be done
They’re going to burn that city to the ground because of this bullshit. Bill Barr's Justice Department are dripping with concern for the African American community. At least i a state Trump won't win. Funny how they were invisible in GA when Arbury was gunned down by Trump supporting rednecks. Burn the motherfucker down!!!!
Since this news conference was delayed by 2hrs, I thought for sure they were going to come out and announce they took the perpetrators into custody. Politically correct - got it! Self-preservation - got it! The right words to keep everyone calm - got it. ✅✅✅ There's really nothing to investigate... The video is evidence enough
Arson, looting and rioting should be called what it is. If you cannot call it what it is, then it will be right to say that Adolf Eichmann obeyed the laws of war and was loyal to his flag. THAT was a whole lot of NOTHING! Still need MORE video and witnesses? this does not bode well for justice. The video seemed pretty clear. When those who have the power fail to act with integrity, the rule of law is lost.
Look for Barr to re-assign her BenCrumpLaw When this attorney who was appointed by Trump immediately said Trump and Barr was watching I knew this press conference was going to be a clown show FBI as soon as now and the police need to be in jail till proven wrong They’re not going to charge those officers.
America has no Department of Justice. Poor Guy Look like tRump is hadeling business. What a sad sack Police protectors white supremacy. No accident police have no problem protesters bearing nazi flags, confederate flags, KKK sheets. Hey freedom white supremacists speech. Peacefully protest supremacist police brutality & murder: Out comes tear gas, rubber bullets, clubs, gunfire.
wsbtv Don’t forget she said that Trump weighed in and the murdered police proudly wears his MAGA hat on YouTube , notice how he’s mocking Kapernick by kneeling on this mans neck, that was purposely done😌 Why oh why would you even bring up Barr and Trump as donlemon said that was the LAST thing the people exercising their right to protest need to hear
Can we stop pretending like these riots have anything to do with George Floyd? Because they don't...the cops have been fired & Trump ordered an FBI investigation BEFORE the rioting started. Best arrest and charge real damn soon! NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW! Well apparently tRUMP and other white privileged asses are, but that’s all! For now?
The investigation must occur, and it must be flawless in order for there to be absolutely zero confusion on the facts. It must be documented so finitely as to stand against a team of union attorneys looking for any miniscule shred to defend these officers. JusticeForGeorgeFloyd Listen to the words of Malcom-X
Trump must get votes from blacks and colored.... RIP Floyd Bunsh of bs that will fuel the frustration of the people. There is a saying called seeing is believing. That video is so graphic and condemning, that all the officers in charge if they dont get executed then life in prison. YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE OFFICER (“DEREK”) USING HIS RIGHT LEG/FOOT AS LEVERAGE FORCING MORE PRESSURE ON THIS VICTIMS NECK😪INFURIATING🤬
Hate to break it to anyone but the Department of Justice could care less about black men being murdered by police. They haven't done anything meaningful up until now. Why does anyone think they will take action now. They won't. They work for Trump, not the American people. What’s left to investigate? 18 complaints prior to being fired, involved in another shooting, picture clearly indicating he’s racist and video evidence of killing George Floyd. This is ridiculous. JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
Trump told cops to rough up those the arrest. He is complicit. To the FBI: I say BS. The video of the murder is more than needed to warrant arrests. Your just wasting time to fraudulently placate & blow smoke up the Minneapolis community. Trump & Barr ordered you to bury it! Get these thugs of the streets even as civilian
WHY NO ARRESTS YET? US Atty Erica MacDonald (DMNnews) appointed by Trump, RacistInChief, on 6/11/18. She was 2 hrs late for today's press conf w/useless info. Prior to this appt, GOP fmr Gov Pawlenty appointed her as judge for the 1st Jud Dist of MN. GeorgeFloyd GOPCorruption We’ve seen talk before and we won’t stop until we have JUSTICE for all involved.
They will no stop until justice is done! If the politicians don't start doing their jobs and protecting American citizens, more Americans will just renounce their citizenship and go live in a better country that knows how to protect their citizens. Not fair to the US the lazy, racist politicians don't even do their jobs
ITS ON VIDEO!! WHAT MORE ARE YOU INVESTIGATING This request for more videos.. I’m disgusted! What more do you need There is a recording of a murder!! ok...(wait 10 seconds)...done! I am very suspicious of this person . This is not the first time something like this has happened under her watch . ThereIsNothingToInvestigate GeorgeFloyd
She ain't done shit until the cops are under arrest This was the second rather obvious misstep by the authorities in the wake of the killing. They know it and so do we. However violence protest is less effective than persistent, unrelenting civil disobedience. Don’t squander this opportunity. minneapolisriots GeorgeFloyd
To the FBI: I say BS. The video of the murder is more than needed to warrant arrests. Your just wasting time to fraudulently placate & blow smoke up the Minneapolis community. Trump & Barr ordered you to bury it! Get these thugs of the streets even as civilian Let’s here the whole truth. So if you don’t get you way it’s ok to trash a city...
U Of Minnesota Cuts Ties With Minneapolis PD After George Floyd Death'Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video,' UMN President Joan Gabel wrote in a letter to the campus. China must be laughing. The US fractured along economic and racial lines. China will continue to exert pressure for its own gains. Good for her! This is the right move. MinneapolisPD this is called accountability in action. BackBlack this video of Murder can not be ignored. it's shocking that film of this Murder is not horrifying the whole world. BlackLivesMatter and Murder is wrong.
U Of Minnesota Cuts Ties With Minneapolis PD After George Floyd Death'Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video,' UMN President Joan Gabel wrote in a letter to the campus.
George Floyd Minnesota protest updates: Governor activates National GuardThe police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd 's neck was involved in 18 complaints prior to being fired, according to records released by the city. Just out of perspective, because I don’t know, how many complaints does an average police officer receive each year? 18 complaints? 18 opportunities to save George Floyd's life. 18 is a lot of complaints. The person who dealt with these complaints needs to explain why the 19th ended in murder.
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University of Minnesota limits ties to Minneapolis Police Department after death of George FloydThe school's president makes the move in reaction to the killing of a black man in police custody.
Madonna Speaks Out Against George Floyd MurderMadonna is among the growing number of celebrities speaking out against the horrifying injustice. Dahyun perfect DID SHE LIE? Madonna is the queen forever.