The Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation into Derek Chauvin’s former workplace, according to NBC News.The Minneapolis Police Department investigation will provide clarity on whether the department engages in patterns or practices that are unconstitutional or unlawful policing. United States Attorney General Merrick Garland made the announcement on Wednesday morning.
“It will include a comprehensive review of the Minneapolis Police Department’s policies, training, supervision and use-of-force investigations,” Merrick explained.
The investigation will also take a look at how officers engage with people who have behavioral health problems.
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This move towards justice and police reform comes less than 24 hours after Derek Chauvin was convicted for murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Merrick began his statement by addressing George Floyd’s family.
“Although the state’s prosecution was successful, I know that nothing can fill the void that the loved ones of George Floyd have felt since his death,” Merrick said “My heart goes out to them and to all those who have experienced similar loss. I know such wounds have deep roots and that too many communities have experienced those wounds firsthand.”
Merrick continued on to say that Derek’s conviction “does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis.” The Justice Department is requesting the help of the community during the investigation to best understand the police department’s past and current actions, including during protests.
“Broad participation in this investigation from the community and from law enforcement will be vital to its success,” Merrick said. “The Justice Department has already begun to reach out to community groups and members of the public to learn about their experiences with the MPD.”
Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on April 20, 2021. Sentencing is set to be determined in eight weeks.
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