DOJ launches an investigation into Minneapolis policing practices a day after Derek Chauvin’s conviction

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George Floyd Square is shown on Feb. 8, 2021, in Minneapolis. Ten months after police officers brushed off George Floyd’s moans for help on the street outside a south Minneapolis grocery, the square remains a makeshift memorial.

  • The DOJ is launching an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department’s practices.
  • Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday was convicted of the murder of George Floyd.
  • The new probe follows a civil rights investigation into Floyd’s death itself.
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The Department of Justice is opening a civil investigation into the practices of the Minneapolis Police Department, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Wednesday.

A jury convicted Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, on second-degree manslaughter, second-degree murder, and third-degree murder charges for killing George Floyd, a Black man, in May 2020.

The wide-ranging investigation will examine whether the department “engages in a practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing,” including the department’s use of force practices, procedures during arrests, and conduct during protests, according to the Associated Press.

This new probe follows a separate, ongoing DOJ civil rights investigation into Floyd’s murder itself.

Floyd’s death is among several high-profile deaths of Black men at the hands of law enforcement in the Minneapolis area, including the death of Philando Castile and, recently, the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

The Minneapolis Police Department was previously audited by the DOJ in 2014 over its policing practices.

Garland, who is focusing the DOJ’s efforts on enhancing civil rights, also recently rescinded Trump-era guidance limiting the DOJ’s ability to enter into consent decrees with police departments accused of systemtic misconduct and wrongdoing.

Under the Obama administration, the DOJ entered in consent decrees with police departments in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland following high-profile deaths of Black men at the hands of police in those cities.

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Minneapolis and other US cities are beefing up their security and shutting down schools ahead of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

  • US cities are increasing policing ahead of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, CNN reported.
  • In Minneapolis, wire is around police buildings, classes will go online, and the National Guard is out.
  • Chauvin was charged in the death of George Floyd, and jury deliberations are due to start next week.
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Minneapolis and other US cities are increasing security and policing ahead of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, CNN reported.

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was charged with the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in May 2020. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd said he could not breathe.

Floyd’s death sparked months of protests against racism and police brutality across the US and worldwide.

Razor wire has been put around a police building in downtown Minneapolis, CNN reported, and Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder told CNN that similar measures are being taken at other police precincts.

CNN also reported that National Guard troops are in some parts of downtown Minneapolis.

Public schools will also learn to remote learning from Wednesday in anticipation of the verdict, Superintendent Ed Graff said, according to CNN.

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Jury deliberations are due to start next week.

Daunte Wright
Daunte Wright was killed at a traffic stop by a Minneapolis police officer on April 11, 2021.

Minneapolis is already facing ongoing protests after police killed20-year-old Daunte Wright a few miles away from the courthouse where Chauvin’s trial is taking place.

And several other high-profile shootings by police officers have left other cities on edge.

Oher police departments told CNN that they will have additional officers out, or have additional officers available, as the trial ends: Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Multiple police departments, including New York, also told CNN that they want people to protest peacefully.

Atlanta and Washington D.C. police departments also said they are ready and will respond to incidents quickly.

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