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Garland, who is focusing the DOJ’s efforts on enhancing civil rights, also recently rescinded Trump-era guidance limiting the DOJ’s ability to enter into consent decrees with police departments accused of systemtic misconduct and wrongdoing.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