He added that his office has received calls and emails asking, “What are you gonna do about the murder of George Floyd?”“We are going to investigate it as expeditiously, as thoroughly and completely as justice demands,” Freeman said. “Sometimes that takes a little time, and we ask people to be patient. We have to do this right.”“That video is graphic and horrific and terrible, and no person should do that,” he continued. “But my job in the end is to prove that he violated criminal statute. And there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge. We need to wade through all of that evidence to come through with a meaningful determination, and we are doing that to the best of our ability.”Freeman, MacDonald and other officials asked protesters to keep their demonstrations peaceful and to avoid harming innocent individuals and businesses.“We support peaceful demonstration,” Freeman said. “Violence hampers our case, it takes valuable police resources away from our investigation, and it also harms innocent people.” Investigators added that county, state and federal offices are working together on separate investigations into Floyd’s death.Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who also spoke at the news conference, said his office had already prosecuted and convicted a police officer for “unreasonable use of deadly force.”Please stay home. Please do not come here to protest. Please keep the focus on George Floyd, on advancing our movement, and on preventing this from ever happening again. We can all be in that fight together.— Melvin Carter (@melvincarter3) May 28, 2020 Federal and local investigators urged residents in Minneapolis, Minn. to remain calm on Thursday, as violent protests continued following the death of George Floyd.However, they stopped short of announcing any charges against the police officers involved in the case, saying they needed more time to do their jobs.Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in police custody this week after a white officer was shown on video pinning him to the ground with a knee on the man’s neck for several minutes. Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the police force, has a service record that includes three shootings and nearly 20 complaints.Floyd, who was heard on the video saying he could not breathe, died later the night of the shooting.“It’s imperative that the community understands how seriously we are taking this,” U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said during a news conference Thursday evening.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The trial over allegations that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad pressured an official to quit because he was gay has begun in state court and will center on whether the jury believes the Republican governor was influenced by his party’s anti-gay attitudes.Branstad’s attorney Frank Harty told jurors Wednesday that after winning election the former governor wanted to replace Chris Godfrey as Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner to surround himself with people with shared political goals.Harty told jurors, “elections have consequences” and that Godfrey was part of a Democratic team that didn’t want to accept defeat.Godfrey’s attorney Roxanne Conlin will attempt to convince eight jurors that Branstad was the leader of an anti-gay Republican Party and unlawfully cut Godfrey’s pay by $39,000, then ostracized and sidelined him.Branstad, now U.S. Ambassador in China, will testify June 14.