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'Shocked And Horrified': Gov. Walz Calls For Thorough Investigation Of George Floyd's Fatal Arrest

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is calling for a fair and thorough investigation of George Floyd's death.

On Wednesday afternoon, Walz made his first public appearance since Floyd's death, saying he was "shocked and horrified" by the video of Floyd's death.

"Very clear to anyone that what happened to George Floyd is wrong," Walz said. "The lack of humanity in the video made me physically ill and it's even more difficult to understand."

Walz says he's glad to see the police officers swiftly fired and says he welcomes investigations by both the state and federal government.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison also made remarks at the press conference, saying that investigations have already began and asked anyone with information to come forward.

Floyd, 46, died Monday night after being pinned to the ground while handcuffed with an officer's knee on his neck. Floyd's death, which was caught on video, has prompted national attention and protests -- some peaceful, some violent -- in Minneapolis.

Related: Joe Biden Says Officers Must Be Held 'Fully Accountable' In Floyd's Death

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has also urged Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in Floyd's death.

Walz addressed Floyd's death during a daily COVID-19 briefing with state health officials.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Floyd's family.

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