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Minn. AG: Ex-Officers Will Face 'Anything' Law Allows in Floyd Death

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 04 June 2020 11:22 AM

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told ABC News on Thursday that his office will charge the former officers involved in the killing of George Floyd with any crime or violation they find, vowing to not show “fear or favor to any person.”

Ellison told “Good Morning America” that his office "will charge anything that the facts in the law allow. We are not showing fear or favor to any person. If the facts show premeditation and deliberation and we can present that in front of a jury in good faith, we absolutely will charge that particular count."

He also dismissed concerns that Floyd’s autopsy report, which showed pre-existing medical conditions and drugs in his system, would impact the prosecution of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with second-degree murder.

"You take your victim as you find them," he added. "You can't say that, 'well, the person who I victimized was not in the very perfect picture of health so it's their fault that they died at my hands.' You take your victim as you find them, and I believe that that is a factor that should not weigh."

Ellison also said that the three other former officers who were involved have been charged with aiding and abetting murder, which means he has to prove that they aided Chauvin in causing Floyd to die.

"You can look at the tape and see who is sitting where and see the assistance that was given, important assistance to what Chauvin was doing, so we believe -- we can also see what was not done," Ellison continued. "That even despite the pleas and the cries, there was no assistance rendered. So we believe that they were culpable, they assisted in the commission of this offense and that is why we charged them."

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told ABC News on Thursday that his office will charge the former officers involved in the killing of George Floyd with any crime or violation they find, vowing to not show “fear or favor to any person.”
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