MN AG Keith Ellison: ‘The Idea That Things Went So Wrong So Fast Is Cause For An Investigation’

MN AG Keith Ellison: ‘The Idea That Things Went So Wrong So Fast Is Cause For An Investigation’ 1


Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tells Lawrence O’Donnell that the Minneapolis police chief made the right decision in firing the four officers involved in the death of George Floyd, who cried “I can’t breathe” as police restrained him by the neck. He says the investigations should proceed, but that shouldn’t mean the community “can’t express its outrage, disappointment and frustration.” Aired on 5/26/2020.
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MN AG Keith Ellison: ‘The Idea That Things Went So Wrong So Fast Is Cause For An Investigation’

92 Comments on "MN AG Keith Ellison: ‘The Idea That Things Went So Wrong So Fast Is Cause For An Investigation’"

  1. Colleen Kelly | May 27, 2020 at 12:27 AM | Reply

    Absolutely HORRIFYING watching this from Australia.
    America – how on earth can you watch the Police MURDER someone in broad daylight in front of everyone.
    Oh well, I guess your President murdered 100,000 people – one more doesn’t matter to you lot.
    DISGUSTING. Prayers for the family.

    • Colleen this has gone on in America since its inception and continues unabated, if you are horrified….can you imagine what black people in this country(& on the planet) experience every day of our lives under the social construct of white supremacy? This is a product of a systemic ideology that has always been part of the genocide Europeans have exacted on people of color for eons, i.e. the decimation of indigenous people of Australia .

    • Andrew Garcia | May 27, 2020 at 12:41 PM | Reply

      @Jason A That video didn’t show nothing. What happened right before Floyd went to the ground?

    • @Andrew Garcia I believe you mean “that video didn’t show anything”. But in fact, it did show something. It showed the police cuffing him. Again, what action could justify the officer cutting off George Floyd’s airway for seven minutes or more? Even hypothetically?

    • Colleen Kelly : Free people own guns, slaves don’t. Overworked, underpaid, over taxed, YOU, Americas’ New Slave.

  2. American police showcases its cruelty on live video by choking a man to his death. Boy, it is hard to watch..

    • MrAudienceMember | May 27, 2020 at 7:32 AM | Reply

      Murder. Straight up murder.

    • ÏtsJørdäñ | May 27, 2020 at 9:25 AM | Reply


    • VK in Bangkok | May 27, 2020 at 9:53 AM | Reply


    • @Bono Budju the dept can’t be responsible for what a pig rogue cop does once he leaves the building any more than a parent can be blamed for what an adult child might do once they leave the house😉✌

    • @CherBear Departments must be held accountable especially since one of the officers had over a dozen police conduct complaints against him relating to use of force incidents which resulted in no disciplinary action and at least one lawsuit involving violation of a prisoners constitutional rights.

  3. Laura Zaboraski | May 27, 2020 at 12:29 AM | Reply

    Firing is not enough. This was murder. All of the officers should be charged. Despicable behavior.

    • Charles Payne | May 27, 2020 at 1:14 AM | Reply

      At least they are investigating it. Personally I don’t understand how these guys aren’t charged with murder already. Unfortunately they would probably get off, remember Eric Garner in New York? Eric died telling police he couldn’t breath as well and the grand jury failed to indict the officer responsible (officer Pantaleo).

    • Right? If a person who was not a cop did this, our butts would be in jail.

    • Donnie Corbett | May 27, 2020 at 6:58 AM | Reply

      True without bond.

    • Yeah..they are “investigating” this😉😉. And the report will read something to the effect as the officers acting in an appropriate way as he was combative..etc etc we send our sympathy to the family. The usual spin they put on the police crimes against humanity. I hope my friends get to investigate any crime i may be accused of.

    • Veronika Reed | May 27, 2020 at 4:09 PM | Reply

      This will be repeated if everything ends only with dismissal.

  4. Jennifer White | May 27, 2020 at 12:31 AM | Reply

    No such thing as a “good cop” because a so called “good cop” couldn’t possibly tolerate criminals in uniform. Don’t ever give me that crap about good cops.

    • Jennifer White | May 27, 2020 at 1:56 PM | Reply

      Ellis McPickle , we know you live in fear without a firearm but don’t superimpose your vaginal tendencies on the rest of a free thinking society. What a padussy.

    • Douglas Nielsen | May 27, 2020 at 2:08 PM | Reply

      @Red Hulk Green Hulk well, we can only guess as to how it would of happened.. And how is it not the duty of an American to protect another Americans life? These cops work for us, either live by the law, or die for breaking it( the cops) . These cops could of been held at gun point and arrested, or taken down physically, either way, dude would be alive..

    • Red Hulk Green Hulk | May 27, 2020 at 2:17 PM | Reply

      @Douglas Nielsen so you would have either threatened or assaulted the officer? And youve basically just said that its ok he died. Now we know whT you think. Please stop bothering people online and go about your business.

    • Douglas Nielsen | May 27, 2020 at 2:23 PM | Reply

      @Red Hulk Green Hulk and the bottom line is, nothing would of stopped me from tackling that cop, and removing him from the dude.. We either cower to these scum, or we do the right thing. The fact that the cop had his hand in his pocket the whole time, shows dude was no threat. This was a criminal offence, perpetrated by a pos who works for us..!! Absolutely disgusting that people stood around and cried about it, rather than take action and save a fellow American 👍

    • Douglas Nielsen | May 27, 2020 at 2:35 PM | Reply

      And I was talking about the cops, when I said uphold the law or they will die breaking it.. 👍

  5. They acted quickly, but let’s wait and see how the police union gets these criminals get their jobs back.

  6. Festerbestertester6 | May 27, 2020 at 12:35 AM | Reply

    Have to do a psychological profile on the job candidates. Otherwise, the force will become predominantly fascist.

    • realPresidentAssburgers | May 27, 2020 at 1:02 AM | Reply

      It’s called an MMPI and I’m willing to bet they all pass because they’re required to.

    • debbiedoodiedandi | May 27, 2020 at 1:18 AM | Reply

      Honestly, it should probably be done ever other year, not just to get hired. People can change.

    • They do a psych profile but cop culture teaches “us vs. them”. The public outcry right now is adding to this when it should humble them to believing they are public servants, not public masters.

    • Will become..?

  7. These”highly trained” officers need to go to jail/death penalty for murder.

    • Ash Roskell | May 27, 2020 at 7:32 AM | Reply

      Charles L Jones : Wait for the, “history,” between this alleged, “forger,” and Officer Kickback to come out? Fired? Good. Arrested? “Better give this one to the FBI.” . . . OK? . . .

    • Frederick Carter | May 27, 2020 at 8:47 AM | Reply

      Nothing to do with training… had it been a white man with knife they’d have all the training to bring him in alive

    • Robert Blackford | May 27, 2020 at 10:41 AM | Reply

      Ash Roskell Innocent or guilty isn’t the issue? LMAO

    • 201 333 : Free people own guns, slaves don’t. Overworked, underpaid, over taxed, YOU, Americas’ New Slave.

    • @246Irad innocent or guilty no matter at all, in any case he is guilty of the same crime. Cold blooded murder!

  8. Darren Nicholls | May 27, 2020 at 12:41 AM | Reply

    That was an execution caught live. Life in prison, no exception.

    • In this case all those officers should get the same treatment… A knee on their neck for 7 minutes straight… If they survive they still go to jail.

    • Julian Crooks | May 27, 2020 at 4:14 AM | Reply

      Let the dead man’s family decide their fate. It was right to fire them. Jail the one with his knee on the neck for murder. The other cops that stood by watching and did nothing are just as guilty. The video doesn’t lie no matter how much they spin it.

    • Opinion equals Being Hater nowadays Media | May 27, 2020 at 6:50 AM | Reply

      Well this cop has killed 3 ppl before this go figure his name is David chavin

    • Donnie Corbett | May 27, 2020 at 7:05 AM | Reply

      And he is still on duty please send me more information.

    • Justin Mopavich | May 27, 2020 at 1:06 PM | Reply

      @Julian Crooks yes me too I didn’t know that

  9. Chris P. Bacon | May 27, 2020 at 12:46 AM | Reply

    I hate to think how many similar cases were ignored before everyone had a videocam on their phone. Even now, justice is too seldom served. These are modern-day lynchings and need to be treated as such.

    • MrAudienceMember | May 27, 2020 at 7:39 AM | Reply

      Ash Roskell
      Knowing why doesn’t change the facts we do know.

    • Chris P. Bacon “I hate to think how many similar cases were ignored before everyone had a videocam on their phone.”
      Rodney King in 1991…to my knowledge the first case of videodocumented police brutality.
      Check also out Ice Cube’s “Who got the camera?” from 1992.

    • Chris P. Bacon : Free people own guns, slaves don’t. Overworked, underpaid, over taxed, YOU, Americas’ New Slave.

    • Chris P. Bacon | May 27, 2020 at 1:44 PM | Reply

      @PJ R I’m not sure what you were going for there.

    • Marcus Guzman | May 27, 2020 at 3:06 PM | Reply

      @PJ R: everyone suffers from Stress but that is no excuse to Criminally commit Homicide because you’re over worked Policemen go into their line of work because they want to help people and serve the public unfortunately you have some bad apples that are brutal and Violent individuals that show in the beginning that they have aggressive intentions tendencies then it gets worse they became violent and extremely aggressive they should’ve been evaluated by their Psychological therapist when they were over worked stressed out not Murder a Man whom did everything the officer asked him to this is Cold Blooded Murder and Our Creator GOD Almighty; will Judge these men in uniform and they will be Judged and hopefully here on Earth they will be found Guilty of Criminal Homicide;

  10. Since when did killing a man became failing to live up to a standard? The standard of being a human?

  11. This is Unbelievable! I don’t know how the police department is going to talk themselves out of this.

    • Ronnie Sasser | May 27, 2020 at 6:49 AM | Reply

      But they will

    • Donnie Corbett | May 27, 2020 at 6:54 AM | Reply

      There is no accountability from the police departments or the police unions across this country when it come to murdering people of color period sooner or later this subject will have to be dealt with ASAP, before it to late.

  12. He had no problem looking right into the camera as he killed this man. He could have cuffed him and kept him down but he knows cops rarely get convicted.

  13. Arrest these murdering thug cops. This has to end.

    • Opinion equals Being Hater nowadays Media | May 27, 2020 at 6:49 AM | Reply

      This cop has killed 3 ppl already

    • Drew Fologist | May 27, 2020 at 11:31 AM | Reply

      @Opinion equals Being Hater nowadays Media , according to the following was reported:

      1. In 2008, Chauvin shot and wounded Ira Latrell Toles during a domestic assault call. According to a 2011 article from the Pioneer Press, Chauvin and other officers showed up to an apartment in south Minneapolis just before 2 a.m. Toles grabbed for an officer’s gun and Chauvin shot him in the abdomen. <-- I am unsure how the reported action of the suspect qualifies an officer as a murderer. Please elaborate. 2. In 2006, Chauvin and five others responded to a stabbing. After Wayne Reyes, 42, allegedly pulled a shotgun on the officers, one of the officers shot and killed Reyes, according to a report titled “Stolen Lives” from Communities United Against Police Brutality, a police watchdog nonprofit based in Minneapolis. <-- This does not state that Chauvin was the shooter of the individual. Please elaborate on your point. My goal is to have a discussion with you. My goal is not to excuse the actions/inactions of officers.

    • they deserve to go without breathing for 9 minutes. JUSTICE

    • William Gilmore | May 27, 2020 at 7:06 PM | Reply

      Cops are going to start wondering why they dropping like flies

    • Safety First | May 27, 2020 at 9:28 PM | Reply

      Famous words of Colonel Biden the Plantation owner You ain’t Black if you’re dead!

  14. shartgargler | May 27, 2020 at 1:02 AM | Reply

    And don’t start feeding us the we “haven’t seen the entire video yet”

    • Donnie Corbett | May 27, 2020 at 6:56 AM | Reply

      When they make statements like that they are circling the wagon which is BS.

    • soon, you will see another video about the deceased………….
      the same bs with Arbury

    • Kathy Franklund | May 27, 2020 at 11:21 AM | Reply

      shartgargler , we have here in Minnesota and we’ve seen both videos already, and yes the police were definitely in the wrong! It was put on our police scanner page both videos were!

  15. LJ RickJames | May 27, 2020 at 1:10 AM | Reply

    It’s not enough they all should be in jail awaiting the death penalty

    • True that. Although ‘fired’ they also know the police union and their chief will work hard to get them back their jobs and *with back pay* so they are essentially taking a vacation. If they can’t get their old job back they’ll just slither down the road to another town and get hired elsewhere.

    • smackdowner | May 27, 2020 at 6:48 AM | Reply

      I agree 100% all 4 should get the death penalty

    • KINGOGFEST OGKRECORDS | May 27, 2020 at 7:19 AM | Reply

      @smackdowner very DISTURBING video of POLICE SHOOTING 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

  16. regina williams | May 27, 2020 at 1:12 AM | Reply

    Fired!!!!? That’s nothing they should be in jail facing murder charges,so right now they are home relaxing gtfoh

    • I agree. Also their chief and police union will try to get their jobs back with back pay. Even if the firing sticks, they take their Law Enforcement Credentials and go get another job in another department.

  17. Shawna Weesner | May 27, 2020 at 1:16 AM | Reply

    EARNING THE HATE: Unfortunately, this is the standard of the police THUG force in all 50 states! Four police officers could NOT arrest ONE (1) non-violent man without killing him! We should all be outraged at this conduct displayed by officers who are hired to PROTECT AND SERVE the public! We, the taxpayers are paying for this police force; and now, we the taxpayers will have to pay the settlement for these officer’s behavior! Who is going to make these police officer’s ACCOUNTABLE for their actions? These police officers are already being given preferential treatment by not having been arrested, immediately, for their actions (that’s a clue). Government never has to follow the rules that they make, and we (the taxpayers) must follow. These officers will be protected by the full extent of the law, NOT prosecuted as they should be, but PROTECTED, as they are already being protected by being fired. Who was protecting the one (1) taxpayer from these four (4) police officers as they crushed him to death?

    • Laura Walker | May 27, 2020 at 9:18 AM | Reply

      Exactly, the police in America are the worst in the world, they are also emboldened by having a criminal racist bigot in the white house. However this has went on for to long. I just watched 41 shots on Netflix last week. 4 police officers shot a 17 year old 41 times for standing at the front door of his block. He’d committed no crime and had no weapon. Didn’t do a single thing wrong but was considered ‘suspicious’ it’s disgusting, none of those cops were convicted of anything!

    • Robert Blackford | May 27, 2020 at 10:44 AM | Reply

      Hey dummy, not all police officers are like this. Stop your hyperbole and virtue signaling. People don’t take you seriously when you exaggerate.

    • Kathy Franklund | May 27, 2020 at 11:26 AM | Reply

      Shawna Weesner ,Yes we are taught it’s better to be judged by 12 than be carried by six! That’s what they’re taught in their training! So will now see how a jury of 12 will convict these officers! Good luck with that! That cop was involved in three shootings in less than three years the one who had his knee on the guys neck!

  18. Harry Sacks | May 27, 2020 at 1:17 AM | Reply

    If this was not an easy decision then you need your head check.

    • Exactly..

    • @Ash Roskell he’s a trump member..seen on video at a rally for law enforcement shaking trumps hand then jumping up n down..srry I don’t have link..

    • Harry Sacks : Free people own guns, slaves don’t. Overworked, underpaid, over taxed, YOU, Americas’ New Slave.

    • True Conservative | May 27, 2020 at 6:37 PM | Reply

      Ash Roskell oh you completely misunderstood me. Im saying i dont understand how they needed a knee that long when the guy was cuffed and for a non violent or drugs allegations. Im assuming its obvious that the man was murdered.

    • True Conservative | May 27, 2020 at 6:39 PM | Reply

      How is it not obvious its murder??

  19. Frank Maurer | May 27, 2020 at 1:35 AM | Reply

    Any and all witnesses, who were there. Do the right thing, and testify against these police officers.

  20. Apparently kneeing an unarmed man to death is not a crime in America all you get is termination of employment.

    • Had his hands in his pockets with knee on man’s neck, this cop had his full weight on this man neck! This has to be murder.

    • Mircea Pintelie | May 27, 2020 at 3:46 PM | Reply

      I have some managers that I would gladly knee if getting fired is the only outcome☻

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