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Minnesota attorney general: No evidence of hate crime in Floyd murder

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Apr 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 16:25:57-04

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the murder of George Floyd was not a hate crime.

Ellison sat down with "60 Minutes" and said he didn't have evidence that Derek Chauvin killed Floyd because he was Black, but he instead pointed to a systemic issue.

"It's not necessary that Derek Chauvin had specific intent to harm George Floyd," he said. "The fact is, we know that through housing patterns, through employment, through wealth, through a whole range of other things, so often people of color – Black people – end up with harsh treatment from law enforcement. And other folks, doing the exact same thing, just don't."

Ellison says he felt a sense of satisfaction when Chauvin was found guilty last week.

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, will be sentenced on June 16. Right now, he's being held in solitary confinement at a Minnesota facility.

Chauvin faces a maximum of 40 years behind bars. He was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. However, according to Minnesota law, he will only be sentenced on the most serious charge.

The three other officers involved in the murder of George Floyd are due in court in August.

Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tuo Thao are facing trial together. They're all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

This story was originally published by Eliana Moreno at Newsy.


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