UPDATE: All four officers involved in the murder of George Floyd have been arrested and charged by State Attorney General Keith Ellison, just days after he took over prosecution from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. This is a direct result of young people demanding action.
On Monday, May 25, George Floyd was killed in the streets of Minneapolis while handcuffed and pinned under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.
The officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for over five minutes, despite his numerous pleas for help:
“My neck hurts.”
“My stomach hurts.”
“I can’t breathe.”
The lack of concern from the officers for George Floyd’s life is staggering.
The four officers involved have been fired from their posts at MPD, but only one has been arrested and charged.
That’s why we’re joining George Floyd’s family and local organizers in demanding that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman prosecute all of the officers involved in his murder.
This incident is part of a larger and long-standing pattern of violence against Black children and adults, and it is a reminder that we must confront the systemic racism embedded in the criminal legal system, not just the actions of individual actors.
Take action for George today.