The judiciary will investigate the policies and directives of the Minneapolis Police Department, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced Wednesday, a day after he was convicted of killing former officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd in a rare reprimand police violence. .
In a brief statement to the Justice Department, Garland said the Justice Department has launched a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department is involved in the design or practice of any constitutional or illegal policing.
Such investigations often precede court-approved agreements between the judiciary and local governments that create and implement a roadmap for training and management-related changes.
Garland’s announcement came a day after Chauvin, who was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department last year, sparked nationwide protests after watching a horrifying video of Floyd kneeling for more than nine minutes.
The department’s investigation into whether Chauvin violated Mr. Floyd’s civil rights is independent of the existing judicial investigation. It will be led by attorneys and staff from the Department of Civil Rights and the United States Attorney’s Office in Minnesota.
Investigators will attempt to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department was involved in the use of excessive force during the protests; If it is discriminatory behavior; And if your treatment with people with behavioral health disabilities is illegal. They will also review the department’s policies, training, oversight, and investigation of the use of force and whether its current accountability system is effective in ensuring law enforcement is applied to police officers.
If investigators discover that the police department is involved in illegal policing, Garland said, the judiciary will issue a public report. There is also the option of filing a civil lawsuit against the department and signing a settlement agreement or consent decree to ensure that immediate and effective steps have been taken to comply with the department’s practices.
On Friday, Garland reaffirmed the strong use of consent-related decrees, blocking the Trump administration’s policy that in most cases prevents their use. The Obama administration has repeatedly used this tool to deal with police misconduct. The restoration of the joint decree was the first significant step taken by the Beadon administration to hold the police accountable in situations where the police force has violated federal law.
Most law enforcement officers in our country do their hard work in a respectful and legal manner. I firmly believe that good officers do not want to work in a system that allows bad habits,” Garland said.
The challenges that races face in addressing racial profiling are “deeply ingrained in our history,” Garland said.