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Flashpoint 6/7/20: Minnesota AG Keith Ellison talks about leading prosecution in George Floyd case

Watch Flashpoint every Sunday at 10 a.m. on Local 4 News

DETROIT – Americans have taken to the streets to demand change, but what changes are possible? What would really matter?

And a man suddenly in the very hot spotlight is the attorney general of the State of Minnesota who happens to be a native Detroiter, Keith Ellison. He made an appearance Sunday on Flashpoint.

Ellison understands the spotlight. When he ran for the US House in Minnesota, he became the first ever Muslim American elected to Congress.

If he thought he was stepping out of the limelight when he left Congress and became Minnesota’s attorney general, it didn’t exactly work out.

He’s back in national focus, now heading the case against the four Minneapolis officers who sparked such national outrage. Ellison was kind enough to talk to Local 4 News Sunday from his office in St. Paul, Minnesota.

So what kind of concrete steps can be taken to stop the bleeding of this wound that just doesn’t heal?

Several years ago, President Barack Obama launched an effort to find the actionable steps that needed taking in our criminal justice system. And a senior policy advisor on the White House domestic policy council was Melanca Clark, now in Detroit as the CEO of the Hudson Webber Foundation. She also made an appearance on Flashpoint Sunday.

Local 4 anchor Kimberly Gill also made an appearance on Flashpoint Sunday. She recently spoke with black mothers about the movement against police brutality gaining momentum throughout the country.

Read more: Kimberly Gill has candid conversation with black mothers about having ‘the talk’ with their children

Segment One:

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

Segment Two:

Melanca Clark, CEO of the Hudson Webber Foundation.

Segment Three:

Local 4 anchor Kimberly Gill talks about movement toward racial equality with black mothers.


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