Garland announced DOJ will investigate Minneapolis Police Department after Chauvin’s guilty verdict

Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is going to launch an investigation of Minneapolis law enforcement, Fox News reports

Merrick’s announcement comes a day after Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Flloyd’s neck during the process of arresting him, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Garland said that a new investigation is necessary because this guilty verdict “does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis.”

The investigation

The type of investigation that Garland’s DOJ is going to conduct is called a “pattern or practice” investigation. That’s because investigators will try to determine if, in Minneapolis, there is a “pattern or practice” of unlawful policing.

The Associated Press reports Garland as saying that this new investigation “will examine the use of force by police officers, including force used during protests, and whether the department engages in discriminatory practices.”

The outlet also reports that the investigation “will also look into the department’s handling of misconduct allegations and its treatment of people with behavioral health issues and will assess the department’s current systems of accountability.”

If Garland’s DOJ does find a “pattern or practice” of unlawful policing, then Garland said that a public report would be released.

He also said that, upon such a finding, there is the possibility of the DOJ bringing a lawsuit against the Minneapolis police department. Such a lawsuit, as similar lawsuits have in the past, could result in settlement agreements or consent decrees that lead to changes in Minneapolis’s policing.

It isn’t the only investigation currently taking place

This new investigation ought not to be confused with another federal investigation that is targeting the Minneapolis Police Department.

Garland reminded Americans that there is another investigation that is already underway that is being led by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Investigators here are looking at whether the Minneapolis Police Department has committed any federal civil rights violations during the past decade.

In his comments, Garland claimed that the challenges presented by the George Floyd situation “are deeply woven into our history,” adding, “they did not arise today or last year.

Garland said that “building trust between community and law enforcement will take time and effort by all of us, but we undertake this task with determination and urgency knowing that change cannot wait.”

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  6. So the DOJ is going to investigate something well awesome if they new how sadly they are more corrupt than the FBI also corrupt the dominion servers where inspected by the worlds best IT tech he brought info about fraud and positive indisputable proof about the system being hacked and votes flipped back 12 years info obtained 2 months before last February. Election and DOJ refused to look at it and told investigators to drop it forget it and move on our entire government was involved in the election fraud we the people haven’t had a vote count in over 12 years we are at war and it’s the entire establishment people it’s militia time

  7. doj is another useless bunch of garbage didnt investagate the clintons , obama or bidens ! so what kind of investagation they going to have ! they shure picked on trump and found nothing , on evidence or anything ! so what are they going to make up in this investagation, the doj should have more pressing things to do check out the bidens and harris !

  8. DOJ
    Just like the FBI they have lost all respect and integrity the American people don’t Trust our justices system anymore
    The Democrats corrupted the FBI Why do you think they’re getting away with all their corruption Look at the biggest conspiracy in our nation Obamagate
    And we’re talking treason I guess were supposed to forget about that and let it be swept under the rug like so many other thing what about Chuck Schumer threatening to Supreme Court justices again nothing happened look at Nancy Pelosi tearing up official White House papers in front of everybody on TV well I guess we supposed to forget that too and God Wasn’t it so sad that Hillary had to delete 33,000 emails and white washed all her hard drives because she just didn’t want everybody to see what her and her grandmother were talking about yeah right
    What was truly Disgusting what is the impeachment trials There’s definitely wasn’t Due Process and then whoever heard of a trial where you couldn’t call your own witnesses yeah the Democrats were able to put on their kangaroo court it sure made us feel like we live in a Third World country that should’ve never been allowed like so many other things it’s to the point now we don’t have anybody to turn to the end this matter just instruction of our country right under our nose and using our taxpayer money

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