BROOKLYN, NY — Today, Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement after the Office of Minneapolis Attorney General Keith Ellison upgraded charges against Officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. He is charged with second-degree murder, in addition to the original charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence. The other three officers on the scene were charged with aiding and abetting murder for failing to intervene.


“‪The decisions to elevate the charges against George Floyd’s murderer and charge three more officers involved is a welcome relief. It is a testament to the power of a collective voice— but it should not take days of protests to bring these perpetrators to justice.‬

“Furthermore, justice will not truly exist until we commit to reforming a racist system. I am so proud of my community and my people for the work we have done in service of a more equitable future, and I promise to keep working until we get there,” said Council Member Farah N. Louis.