Keith Ellison, attorney general in the state of Minnesota, sat down for an interview with “60 Minutes” recently, where he stated that there is no evidence that race was a motivation in how the police handled the incident that led to the death of George Floyd.
According to reports from Disrn, Ellison’s comments come hot on the heels of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict for causing the death of Floyd. The attorney general said there was nothing in the case that indicated a “hate crime” or any racial bias.
“I wouldn’t call it that because hate crimes are crimes where there’s an explicit motive and of bias,” Ellison went on to say. “We don’t have any evidence that Derek Chauvin factored in George Floyd’s race as he did what he did.”
Ellison’s conclusion is shared by former U.S. Attorney General William Barr who just a month ago said, “I think the narrative that the police are on some, you know, epidemic of shooting unarmed black men is simply a false narrative and also the narrative that that’s based on race. The fact of the matter is very rare for an unarmed African American to be shot by a white police officer.”
Ellison later seemed to express some sympathy for Chauvin, taking a moment to remind everyone that “he’s a human being.”
“I’m not in any way wavering from my responsibility,” Ellison added. “But I hope we never forget that people who are defendants in our criminal justice system, that they’re human beings. They’re people.”
How long will it be before Ellison walks his statements back after threats from the thugs of Black Lives Matter?
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