In which Mike Freeman drops a banana peel in front of Keith Ellison while saying “Hey, join the team,” and chuckles as Ellison eagerly rushes in.
Freeman is a jerk but he’s also an experienced prosecutor. Remember the Somali cop who shot the little White woman in the alley? He got convicted of 3rd degree and got 12 years, nothing close to what the mob wanted. Freeman survived that fiasco and he intends to survive this one.
He’s read the autopsy report. He knows Floyd didn’t die from lack of air (obviously not, or he couldn’t have been talking). Freeman knows the victim was stoned and had other medical issues that may have been exacerbated by the arrest, which might possibly make the officer careless or negligent, but Freeman knows there’s no way to make Murder 1 stick and that’s the only thing that will satisfy the mob.
So how’s he get the mob off his back? He asks Keith Ellison for help. Ellison – who has no prosecution experience – will now “take the lead.” Which means whatever goes wrong with the case from here on out, Freeman points at Ellison and says “Don’t ask me, he’s in charge.”
Early in my career, I spent a few years as a prosecutor. A criminal case isn’t won by clever speeches or Twitter comments, it’s a s***load of hard work. Ellison has no idea. He’s being set up to take the fall when the cop walks. Freeman will shrug and carry on. Walz will remind us what a great job he’s done on Covid. Charlie Foxtrot all around.
More on this later today.