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Minnesota House members say they've 'lost faith' in Hennepin County attorney

They want Attorney General Keith Ellison to handle the case against the officers in George Floyd's death.

The Minneapolis delegation of the Minnesota House of Representatives wants the case against the former Minneapolis police officers who were fired after George Floyd died to be transferred to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. 

The delegation – Reps. Fue Lee, Raymond Dehn, Sydney Jordan, Mohamud Noor, Frank Hornstein, Jamie Long, Hodan Hassan, Aisha Gomez, Jim Davnie and Jean Wagenius – sent a letter to Gov. Tim Walz Friday making the request, saying "We are writing to request that the case against the police officers who killed George Floyd, or may have been otherwise culpable in his death, be transferred to the jurisdiction of the Attorney General's office."

"Unfortunately, our constituents, especially constituents of color, have lost faith in the ability of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to fairly and impartially investigate and prosecute these cases," the letter says. "Freeman's press conference on May 28, in which he seemed ill-prepared and suggested that there was unseen exculpatory evidence that might exonerate the officers, further ruptured this trust."

The delegation says transferring the case to the Attorney General's office "would be one of the most decisive actions that you could take to calm public anger and guarantee a fair process," noting Ellison has earned the goodwill of residents and earned their respect through his years of service to the city.

"It is imperative to signal to our constituents, as strongly and quickly as possible, that the authorities are treating this case with the special attention it deserves, and to demonstrate that all Minnesotans are equal in the eyes of the law," the letter concludes. 

The letter comes the same day the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges against former officer Derek Chauvin, who was the man captured on video kneeling on George Floyd's neck before he died.

There were three other officers at the scene, but they have not been arrested or charged despite calls from activists and Floyd's family to do so.  

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