On Sunday, Jay-Z called Minnesota governor Tim Walz to discuss the protests and the charges against Chauvin, which were only filed on Friday. Walz spoke to local Minneapolis CBS news station WCCO and revealed some of what was said during his conversation with Jay-Z.“It was so incredibly human,” said Walz. “It wasn’t Jay-Z, international celebrity. It was a dad and, I think quite honestly, a black man whose visceral pain of this that he knew.”Walz did not go into specifics about what was discussed but made it clear that like millions around the world, Jay-Z wants to see justice served for Floyd and other innocent Black people. “His words to me, I want them to be confidential, but to summarize what it was: ‘Justice needs to be served, here. Justice needs to be served,” said Walz. “He said he feels the compassion and the humanity of these folks who are speaking. He knows that the world is watching. How Minnesota handles this is going to have an impact across the country, and I think that’s what his impressions were.”On Sunday evening, Walz announced that former congressman and Democratic National Committee chair nominee Keith Ellison would be taking over Floyd’s case. Ellison has said that he is focused on ensuring that justice is served and has been hesitant to press charges on the other three officers that were present during Floyd’s death, but notes that he expect charges to be laid ‘soon.’ "I need to protect this prosecution,” Ellis told CNN on Sunday. “I am not going to create a situation where people can say this was a rush to judgment."
Following Ellison’s appointment, Jay-Z posted a message on the Roc Nation Instagram account and thanked Governor Walz for his decision to change the prosecuting attorney in Floyd’s case.“After our very earnest conversation, thank you to Governor Walz for doing what’s right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case,” wrote Jay-Z. “Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me — a dad and a black man in pain. Yes, I am a human, a father and a black man in pain, and I am not the only one.”
It with a large degree of humility and a great seriousness, I accept for my office the responsibility for leadership on this critical case involving the killing of George Floyd.We are going to bring to bear all the resources necessary to achieve justice in this case. pic.twitter.com/XXafzFT0Kd— Attorney General Keith Ellison (@AGEllison) June 1, 2020
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