On Friday, a statement concerning the death of George Floyd, who passed away right after his arrest by police from Minnesota State Patrol, from Attorney General William Bar published.
“The video images of the incident that ended with the death of Mr. Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers, were harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing,” Barr claimed. “The state prosecutor has been in the process of determining whether any criminal charges are appropriate under state law.”
“On a separate and parallel track, the Department of Justice, including the FBI, are conducting an independent investigation to determine whether any federal civil rights laws were violated,” Barr included. “Both state and federal officers are working diligently and collaboratively to ensure that any available evidence relevant to these decisions is obtained as quickly as possible.”
Barr wrapped everything up with, “Under our system, charging decisions must be and will be, based on the law and facts. This process is proceeding quickly. As is the typical practice, the state’s charging decisions will be made first. I am confident justice will be served.”
The statement arrived right after the authorities arrested the officer that was caught in the viral footage, Derek Chauvin.
“Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Derek Chauvin, who was one of four officers fired this week, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter after the office gathered enough evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” ABC 13 published. “Freeman did not have immediate details but said a criminal complaint would be made available later. The charges come after three days of protests, which had been escalating in violence.”
Barr’s statement came after President Donald Trump emphasized on the sensitive subject, claiming that the police had been tasked to assess what transpired as soon as possible.
As a disastrous series of riots broke out in Minneapolis in reaction to George Floyd’s death, members of the National Guard were deployed right after the protest resulted in a destroyed building and a police precinct due to the riot’s violent nature.