During a press conference this Thursday, Minneapolis prosecutors asked the public to have patience while they review the case of George Floyd, the 46-year-old man who died after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck for almost 8 minutes.
“My job in the end is to prove he violated a criminal statute,” Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman said. “And there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge. We need to wade through all of that evidence and come to a meaningful decision and we are doing that to the best of our ability.”
“We are going to investigate it as expeditiously, as thoroughly as justice demands,” Freeman added. “That video is graphic, horrific and terrible. And no person should do that.”
While saying the video of George Floyd is "graphic, horrific, and terrible," US Attorney Michael Freeman says there is "other evidence" that "does not support a criminal charge." pic.twitter.com/Y3kSHSvXRx
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“Sometimes that takes a little time and we ask people to be patient,” Freeman said. “We have to get this right.”
The Minneapolis Police Department fired the four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest. The incident is currently being investigated by local, state and federal authorities, CNN reports.