Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Sunday on CBS’s 60 Minutes there was no evidence George Floyd was a victim of a “hate crime” or racial bias.
“I wouldn’t call it that because hate crimes are crimes where there’s an explicit motive and of bias,” Ellison said. “We don’t have any evidence that Derek Chauvin factored in George Floyd’s race as he did what he did.”
Ellison’s statement was in response to host Scott Pelley, who asked if the murder was due to “a hate crime?”
Ellison continued, “I will admit, I felt a little bad for the defendant. I think he deserved to be convicted. But he’s a human being.”
Pelley followed up on Ellison’s feelings, “Somehow, I did not expect to hear from you a note of compassion for Derek Chauvin.”
“I’m not in any way wavering from my responsibility,” Ellison stated. “But I hope we never forget that