The U-S Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a “pattern and practice” of illegal conduct. U-S Attorney General Merrick Garland made the announcement this morning–just one day after ex-officer Derek Chauvin’s murder and manslaughter conviction. Garland said, “yesterday’s verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis.” The investigation aims to establish whether the state’s largest police department is engaging in practices that promote or allow systemic wrongdoing. Garland says if wrongdoing is discovered it’s likely to bring a civil suit and a potential order from the DOJ for the Minneapolis Police Department to change its policies in a variety of areas, including use of force.
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