U.S. Attorney General William Barr says the federal investigation of the George Floyd case is ‘proceeding quickly’ as the officer involved in the case has been charged with 3rd Degree Murder and Manslaughter in Minnesota.
“The video images of the incident that ended with death of Mr. Floyd, while in custody of Minneapolis police officers, were harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing,” Barr said in a statement Friday.
The federal investigation was opened to determine whether any federal civil rights laws were violated. On Friday, Barr said the investigation is “proceeding quickly.”
“Both state and federal officers are working diligently and collaboratively to ensure that any available evidence relevant to these decisions is obtained as quickly as possible,” Barr said in a statement. “Under our system, charging decisions must be, and will be, based on the law and facts. This process is proceeding quickly.”
Barr said he was confident that justice would be served.
On Friday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges against Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin, who was seen kneeling on George Floyd’s neck during an arrest captured on cellphone video, was charged with 3rd Degree Murder and Manslaughter. Freeman claimed that there were a few specific pieces of evidence needed to file charges that they did not have until Friday.
According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, there were no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation in the death of George Floyd. The medical examiner said Floyd had underlying health problems including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease that, in combination with being restrained by the police and any potential intoxicants in his system, likely contributed to his death.