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AG Merrick Garland announces probe into Minneapolis police

AG Merrick Garland announces probe into Minneapolis police

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday that the Justice Department is opening a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis a day after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the killing of George Floyd.

“I know that justice is slow, sometimes elusive, and sometimes never comes. The Justice Department will be unwavering in its pursuit of equal justice under law,” he said in remarks at the DOJ, without taking questions from the press.

The Justice Department is already investigating whether Chauvin and the other officers involved in Floyd’s death violated his civil rights. The investigation being announced Wednesday is known as a “pattern or practice” and will be a more sweeping probe of the entire department and may result in major changes to policing there, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The person had direct knowledge of the matter but was not authorized to speak publicly about the upcoming announcement, planned for Wednesday morning.

Attorney General Merrick Garland
Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks about a jury’s verdict in the case against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd on April 21, 2021.
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The investigation will examine practices used by police, including the use of force, and whether the department engages in discriminatory practices, according to the person. It will also look into the department’s handling of misconduct allegations among other things, the person said. It’s unclear whether the years under investigation will begin when Floyd died or before.

Garland said that the probe is separate from the federal criminal probe into George Floyd’s death.

Derek Chauvin seen kneeling on George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Derek Chauvin seen kneeling on George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
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