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Feds promise 'robust investigation' into George Floyd's death

U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald, the Justice Department and FBI are investigating whether officers broke civil rights laws.
Remembrances left at the site where George Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. 

Remembrances left at the site where George Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. 

Federal authorities announced Thursday they are launching a “robust criminal investigation” into the death of George Floyd.

U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald and FBI Special Agent Rainer Drolshagen said their offices, along with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, will investigate whether the four officers’ actions violated federal law.

Violating the law would entail “an individual acting under color of law to willfully deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States,” the statement reads.

The Justice Department has also called for anyone with useful information to come forward. 

The move comes as protesters, local government leaders and civil rights activists call for charges to be brought against the officers immediately. 

"Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" Mayor Jacob Frey said yesterday during a press conference. "His family deserves justice, and the black community deserves justice." 

It was announced Wednesday that an autopsy on Floyd's body has not yet been completed, which is why a charging decision has not yet been made. 

"This investigation must proceed with a degree with objectivity. We are not going to prejudge the facts when the video is so clear before out eyes," Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Wednesday. 

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is the one who will make the decision on charges, which will be based on an investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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