Minnesota AG reacts to results of George Floyd independent autopsy report

Keith Ellison, the lead prosecutor in the George Floyd case, addresses the findings of the independent autopsy report that showed Floyd died of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure."
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that, George. We continue with the latest on the investigation into George Floyd's death. The medical examiner and an independent autopsy both concluding, both concluding his death was a homicide, but disagreeing about the exact cause of death. Alex Perez is in Minneapolis with that side of the story for good morning, Alex. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Yeah, there are some differences in those autopsies but they both agree that George Floyd was deliberately killed. His younger brother visited the memorial here to honor George and pay his last respects. Overnight, new details on George Floyd's tragic death. His family releasing the results of an independent autopsy. His death a homicide, asphyxia, suffocated due to neck and back complegs. The weight on him, the handcuffs and that position seen in the horrific video all contributing to his death. The autopsy shows that Mr. Floyd had no underlying medical problem that caused or contributed to his death. He was in good health. Reporter: The hennepin county medical examiner releasing its official results Monday evening also ruling it a homicide, but saying Floyd died of a heart attack complicated by law enforcement restraint and neck compression. Floyd's family now calling for the immediate arrest and charge of the three other officers seen in that disturbing video and demanding first degree murder charges be brought against former officer Derek chauvin. By continuing to mount the pressure on his body, restricting his airway and cutting off blood to his brain, they knew that they would cause death. Reporter: I was by George Floyd's younger brother as he visited the memorial moments later wailing in agony silencing the crowd as he for the first time saw the spot where his brother took his last breaths. And choking back sobs as he spoke to his brother. I need you and pops to watch over me. Reporter: The 46-year-old known to his friends as big Floyd and a gentle giant who is second grade dreamed of being a judge on the supreme court. His brother passionately calling for the violence and destruction to stop. I understand y'all up set. But like it was already said I doubt you're half as upset as I am so if I'm not over here walling out, if I'm not over here blowing up stuff, what are y'all doing? Y'all doing nothing because that's not going to bring my brother back at all. Reporter: Encouraging people to vote to make a change. Let's do it some other way. Let's stop thinking our voice don't matter and vote. Not just vote for the president, vote for the preliminaries. Vote for everybody. Educate yourself. Educate yourself. Don't wait for somebody else to tell you who is who. Reporter: Leading the crowd with a rousing tribute to his big brother. What's his name. Reporter: As the world waits to see if the other officers will be involved the president of the police union says all four officers were terminated without due process and he will fight for their jobs. Amy. Alex Perez, thank you for that. Joining us now is Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison who is now the lead prosecutor in the George Floyd case. Attorney general, thanks for being with us and given the results of this independent autopsy which appear to contradict the medical county examiner, obviously both of them ruling it a homicide but asphyxiation versus a heart attack, does this change anything for you? Will you consider a more serious charge hires Fick degree murder? We are considering all charges. They're all on the table. I got appointed Sunday night. Got the file yesterday. We are poring through it as fast as we can. There are numerous video, numerous witness statements, a lot of stuff to go through for us to do due diligence but we are not going to prolong this any longer than it's absolutely necessary to do that and moving expeditiously yet we have to move carefully. I know that's unsatisfying to people. They want what they want immediately and people have been too patient over the years but this case must be done methodically and we are doing that right now but there's nothing off the table. All the facts we're mustering including any medical information including autopsy reports are factors in the work that we are doing right now. So many people who have watched that video have said that it speaks for itself. That this is a slam dunk case. That prosecuting this shouldn't be difficult but you've said that prosecuting police misconduct is exactly that. It's very hard. How so? Why? Well, first of all, you know, generally jurors resolve all doubts in favor of the police. The system is such -- there are certain immunities police have. There are certain presumptions. There's relationships that police have that have established over the course of years and the fact is if you just look at the Freddie gray case, people looked at that video and were quite certain that there needed to be a conviction. No one was. Same thing in the Rodney king case, they voted to acquit and the philando Castile case in Minnesota not too long ago and the Walter Scott case ended in a hung jury. The fact is these cases are not easy and anybody who says they are has never done one, so we're working quickly and we're making sure that every link in the prosecutorial chain will be tight and we are proceeding forward with the justice in mind. We have all seen what's happened throughout this country over the past several days and nights and the calls for justice and specifically the calls for those other three officers who were there on the scene to be arrested and face charges. What is your timetable for making that decision and how will you decide what charges if any they will face? Well, we are -- as I said, everything is back on the table. We are having a fresh review from what the county attorney has already done. We want to thank them for the work they've done but we're looking at this case with fresh eyes. There is nobody who has culpability who will not be held accountable and I just want to say that I can't comment on the evidence at this point. That would be unethical for a prosecutor to do, but I will say the public has an expectation that there will be -- there will render assistant when necessary. They will not add harm. That's not a comment point evidence or the law. It's a comment about where the public's mind is these days and I think that, you know, that's just a reality that's out there. How soon could we see charges? Very soon, but, again, I'm working on this case with a team and they're telling me, hey, look, we're doing this as fast as we can and we are. We are working expeditiously. We are not doddling. We have cleared everything else off our calendar and they're telling me that if they want it -- if I want a good job that I need to give them the time but I do not -- we're not talking too much longer but I am very reluctant to give a hard deadline at this point. We appreciate your time with us this morning. Attorney general Keith Ellison, thank you. Thank you.

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