Former prosecutors weigh case against Minneapolis officers in Floyd killing

A person leaves flowers at a memorial.
Flowers were added by many visitors to the memorial site at East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue on Sunday, May 31, 2020, during a gathering in memory of George Floyd.
Judy Griesedieck for MPR News

The Minneapolis police officer seen in a video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The other three officers who responded also could face charges.

But those fighting for justice for Floyd say it’s not enough. MPR News host Kerri Miller talked with two former prosecutors about what options prosecutors have in such cases.

Guests:

  • Tom Heffelfinger, former U.S. Attorney for Minnesota

  • Susan Gaertner, former Ramsey County Attorney

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts , Spotify or RSS.

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.