Minnesota AG after Chauvin’s sentence: ‘It’s time to act’

Posted at 7:52 PM, June 25, 2021 and last updated 7:34 PM, May 12, 2023

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Friday that he’s hoping a judge’s 22 1/2-year sentence imposed on former police Officer Derek Chauvin will be a “moment for change.”

In this image taken from video, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks to the media Friday, June 25, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, with the prosecution team, after Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill sentenced former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin to 22 1/2 years in prison, for the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

Ellison spoke shortly after Chauvin heard his sentence for second-degree murder in George Floyd’s death. Repeating part of his statement after Chauvin’s conviction, Ellison said the sentence was a step toward accountability, even if not total justice.

He focused much of his remarks on a desire to improve trust between the community and police officers.

“You can’t heal a dirty wound, and when there’s little trust, sadly there’s little safety,” Ellison said.

He urged members of the community to “peacefully, constructively but clearly” meet the moment for change. Failure to do so, he said, will cause the community to “slip deeper into a century-long cycle of inaction.”

“Time is up,” Ellison said. “It’s time to act. We’re counting on you. We’re counting on each other.”