The Hennepin County District Attorney has declined to pursue charges against the North High principal

The Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office has declined to look into possible criminal charges against the principal of Minneapolis North Community High School, after an afternoon school walkout killed Deshaun. Hill Jr.

Attorney General Mary Moriarty issued a written statement Wednesday in response to Hill’s family. accused Principal Mauri Friesleben of the crime for the death of the famous football player as he was participating in a walk with students on the afternoon of February 9, when Hill also left the school and was shot a short time later while walking in a bus stop. Last week, Hill’s parents, Tuesday Sheppard and Deshaun Hill Sr., were paid the $500,000 settlement from Minneapolis Public Schools on the death of their son. The district said in a statement after the agreement that it denies all liability.

The accused shooter, Cody Fohrenkam, 30, is on trial for second degree murder, and jury selection is underway. The criminal charges allege that he shot Hill in a chance encounter when the two passed each other on the sidewalk.

“The killing of Deshaun Hill was a senseless act of gun violence that devastated those who knew and loved him, the North High School community, and the community at large,” Moriarty wrote. “After a thorough and thorough investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department, the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office is now focused on holding the one person we believe responsible for the murder accountable.” . We will not make any further comments on this matter until the end of the trial.”

Hill’s family attorney, William Walker, on Tuesday called on Moriarty and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to look into criminal charges and convene a grand jury.

Ellison and Friesleben did not respond to requests for comment.

Some Twin Cities attorneys have long argued that criminal charges against Friesleben would be impossible and inappropriate because it was a policy violation, not a crime, for the principal to participate in the protest. in the Minneapolis police killing of Amir Locke.

Friesleben later told the families in a letter that doing so was against county law. He was put on vacation but the community’s appeal quickly changed that decision.

An earlier version of this story accurately described the events leading up to the march. Parents were informed that students could choose to leave early.

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