More details have come out about how officials at the Hennepin County Attorney’s office removed themselves from the George Floyd case for ethical reasons. They thought the cops were being wildly overcharged. At least four Hennepin County Attorney’s office officials removed themselves from cases against the cops. This includes former Senior Assistant County Attorney Patrick Lofton and twenty-eight-year veteran prosecutor Amy Sweasy. Lofton and Sweasy famously won a murder conviction against former Minnesota cop Muhammed Noor for killing Justine Ruszcyk.
This information has come to light mainly because Amy Sweasy successfully sued the county for retaliation and sex discrimination at the hands of former County Attorney Mike Freeman. She is getting a $190k settlement from the county.
“I called Dr. Baker early that morning to tell him about the case and to ask him if he would perform the autopsy on Mr. Floyd. He called me later in the day on that Tuesday and he told me that there were no medical findings that showed any injury to the vital structures of Mr. Floyd’s neck. There were no medical indications of asphyxia or strangulation. He said to me, ‘Amy, what happens when the actual evidence doesn’t match up with the public narrative that everyone’s already decided on?’ And then he said, ‘This is the kind of case that ends careers.'” – Former attorney for Hennepin County DA’s office Amy Sweasy
Patrick Lofton says he had reservations about charging three of the cops with crimes. Loften also says he only supported third-degree manslaughter charges against Chauvin. He says the charges were the result of “insane” pressure that came from the outside.
Three months after Loften and Sweasy removed themselves, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill chastised Mike Freeman and three of his staffers for “sloppy work” in their case against Chavin. The judge banned Freeman from further working on the case but reconsidered later.
A primary driver in the prosecution of the cops appears to have been the radical Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. He is a Black Muslim who previously wrote articles defending Louis Farrakhan and Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammed. Muhammed was the former National Youth Minister of the Nation of Islam who was so extreme that Louis Farrakhan fired him. Then, he took over the New Black Panther Party. Even though Farrakhan distanced himself from Muhammed, radicals like Keith Ellison, Al Sharpton, and rap star Ice Cube continued defending him.