Protesters are demanding that the lead prosecutor, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, immediately file charges against the officers involved. Freeman responded Thursday afternoon:
“I will not rush to justice. I’m going to do this right, and those folks who know me in the African community know I will do my very level best, but I will not rush justice because justice cannot be rushed.”
Freeman pleaded for peaceful protests, asking demonstrators to give him time to do a proper investigation and promising that justice will be done.
“That video is graphic and horrific and terrible, and no person should do that — 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.”
Freeman’s office said later that what he meant was that “evidence not favorable to our case needs to be carefully examined to understand the full picture of what actually happened”, adding it’s “critical to review all the evidence because at the time of trial, invariably, all that information will be used.”
U-S Attorney Erica McDonald, chief federal prosecutor in Minnesota, says the U-S Department of Justice has made the case a top priority:
“To be clear: President Trump as well as Attorney General William Barr are directly and actively monitoring the investigation in this case.”
MacDonald says it’s critical and essential that the investigation is done right the first time, and she says that’s what they’ll do.