The family of George Floyd has released a statement following the upgrade of charges against the four former police officers who were involved in the killing of Floyd.
“This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd,” family said in a statement released by attorney Ben Crump. “We are deeply gratified that Attorney General Keith Ellison took decisive action in this case, arresting and charging all the officers involved in George Floyd’s death and upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder. This is a significant step forward on the road to justice and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd’s body was laid to rest. That is a source of peace for George’s family in this painful time.”
“Attorney General Ellison has informed the family that his office will continue to investigate and will upgrade the charges to first-degree murder if the evidence supports it,” the statement continued. “These officers knew they could act with impunity, given the Minneapolis Police Department’s widespread and prolonged pattern and practice of violating people’s constitutional rights. Therefore, we also demand permanent transparent police accountability at all levels and at all times.”
“We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support by Americans in cities across the country and we urge them to raise their voices for change in peaceful ways,” the statement read. “Our message to them is: find constructive and positive ways to keep the focus and pressure on. Don’t let up on your demand for change.”
Chauvin was initially charged on Friday (May 29) with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other cops who were present during the killing — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — are now charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Check out the statement from the family of George Floyd below.