DOJ to Probe Minneapolis Cops Over Use of Force After George Floyd Case

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Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department is opening an investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing.

“The investigation I am announcing today will assess whether the Minneapolis police department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force,” Garland told reporters on Wednesday. He said his department has been reaching out to community groups and members of the public to learn about their experiences with the Minneapolis police.

The move comes the day after a White former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty of killing Floyd, an unarmed Black man, when he knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes in May 2020. The video of that killing ignited a summer of rage and the greatest racial reckoning in the U.S. since the 1960s.

The action is significant because it represents a renewed push by the Justice Department to use “pattern or practice” investigations to force police departments to make reforms. Those investigations had been largely abandoned during the Trump administration.

A pattern or practice probe can end in a consent decree between a police department and the Justice Department, which can effectively force reforms on the police. The Justice Department already has an ongoing investigation into whether Chauvin and other police officers violated federal civil rights laws.

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