WASHINGTON, DC — On Sunday night, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison was named as the lead prosecutor in the murder of George Floyd. Muslim Advocates has a long-standing relationship with Ellison, having worked with him as a member of Congress and as Minnesota’s attorney general. Today, Muslim Advocates is launching an action asking Americans to contact Attorney General Ellison and ask him to arrest and charge all officers involved in the murder of George Floyd. The following is a statement from Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera:
“By now, it is clear that local prosecutors have failed to fully pursue justice for the murder of George Floyd. It is unacceptable that so far, only one of the officers involved in Floyd’s murder has been arrested and charged. Meanwhile, more than 4,000 people have been arrested nationwide for protesting police brutality.
Police violence against Black Americans is a systemic problem that goes back to the founding of our nation. We will not see meaningful progress or an end to this injustice until our justice system punishes officers for violating the human rights and dignity of our fellow Americans. Unfortunately, we know that the wheels of justice turn painfully slowly when a police officer has committed a crime—and many times not at all.
We know that at least four officers were involved in the arrest and murder of George Floyd and at least three have been caught on video kneeling on him against the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department. We call on Attorney General Ellison to ensure that all officers involved in this heinous murder are held accountable and face charges that fit their actions.”
Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.