The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution condemning the killing of George Floyd, whose in-custody death in Minneapolis has triggered nationwide protests against police treatment of people of color and resulted in a murder charge against the officer who held his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes.
The resolution, authored by Councilman Paul Koretz and co-introduced by several of his colleagues, called Floyd’s murder “cold-blooded” and also called on Minnesota authorities to prosecute the three officers who did not intervene.
Since the resolution was drawn up, Minnesota’s attorney general announced that a third-degree murder charge against ex-Officer Derek Chauvin was amended to second-degree murder, and the three other ex-officers were charged with aiding and abetting.
Although Koretz said much of the language in his resolution with regard to calling for charges against the other officers at the scene of Floyd’s Memorial Day death was now moot, “I think we should introduce it anyway to put the city’s intentions on record.”
The resolution also calls for the officers — all of whom were quickly fired after a bystander’s video capturing Floyd’s death went viral — to be “speedily prosecuted.”
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