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DA speaks on issues surrounding policing in Hidalgo County

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Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez says the video of the murder of George Floyd gave him visceral reaction — a churning feeling in his stomach.

Rodriguez says it didn’t need to escalate to that point.

Rodriguez also addressed the video of a McAllen man revving a chainsaw at protesters downtown last week. Many in the community believe the man should be charged with a hate crime. The district attorney says current charges are not final.

Rodriguez says within the time he’s been district attorney, he hasn’t come across a case where an officer has been out of line, “no where near what Mr. Floyd went through.”

The DA says a major issue in Hidalgo County policing is managing the mentally ill.

Watch the video above for the full report.

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