Sunday night, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that he is putting the prosecution of ex-cop Derek Chauvin in the hands of state Attorney General Keith Ellison, a controversial figure who has a long history with questionable groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. Formerly the deputy chief of the Democratic National Committee, Ellison will work with Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to seek justice in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
“We are going to bring to bear all the resources necessary to achieve justice in this case,” Ellison said. “We are pursuing justice, we are pursuing truth were doing it vigorously and we are pursuing accountability, were asking for your trust.”
Ellison warned, however, that there were no guarantees when it comes to prosecuting police officers for misconduct.
“It’s just too early,” he said. “Dose of reality, prosecuting police for misconduct including homicide and murder is very difficult.”
If protesters and those seeking legal recourse after Floyd’s death have reason to be skeptical of the state’s attorney general, those who want to see Minnesota authorities crack down on the riots in Minneapolis have even more cause to be suspicious. He has consistently expressed his support for dubious groups like Black Lives Matter, and he has done more than flirt with radical left-wing figures.
Making matters worse for Ellison’s professional reputation is his son, Jeremiah Ellison, who is himself embarking on a political career. On Sunday, the younger Ellison, who is a member of the Minneapolis City Council, tweeted this beauty: “I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA. Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THAT ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!”
You might imagine that his attorney general father would encourage him to keep his trap shut about his radical beliefs, but that advice would come off as a bit hollow. After all, Papa Ellison tweeted out a picture in 2018 of himself standing in a bookstore and holding up “Antifa: The Antifa-Fascist Handbook.”
At the time, Ellison said that perhaps the book would “strike fear in the heart of” President Trump.
With this kind of leadership in Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota, is it any wonder the city is going down in flames?