Attorney General Announces Investigation into Massive and Systemic Corruption in Minneapolis

The Justice Department will conduct a sweeping investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday morning, less than a day after former Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, a Black man, during an encounter last May.


US News: “Yesterday’s verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis,” Garland said during brief remarks at the Justice Department.

The civil investigation will examine whether Minneapolis police “engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing,” he said.

The probe is separate from a federal civil rights investigation opened by the Trump administration in the case of Floyd’s killing last year, Garland said.

“Pattern or practice” civil investigations like the one announced Wednesday allow the federal government to broadly review potentially systemic issues within a police department and are often precursors to consent decrees, deals between the DOJ and local jurisdictions used to enact changes within departments found to have engaged in unconstitutional or abusive tactics.

The Trump administration in 2018 moved to largely ban such agreements and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued they demoralized local police officers. But Garland on Friday – less than a week before the announcement of the Minneapolis probe – restored the use of consent decrees in one of the first major steps by the administration signaling it intends to more aggressively address police misconduct.

The Minneapolis investigation will assess whether the police department has a pattern of using excessive force, including during protests, Garland said, and whether it engages in discriminatory conduct. The probe will also look at its treatment of people with behavioral health issues.

“I would not call today’s verdict ‘justice,’ however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said after the verdict.

“Today we have to end this travesty of enduring recurring deaths at the hands of law enforcement,” he added.


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  1. By the way, the mythological equivalent of what the US is doing right now or trying to do, is removal of the Boar Demon in “Journey to the West”. This ancient story, is steeped in symbolism and wisdom from centuries of knowing what happens when law enforcement gets bloated and hungry. Garland is not in my view, any where near the man for the job. Poetry does not work.

  2. So, even with an ongoing probe by the feds, and a complete investigation ordered by the governor after the protestors came to his house last year, the cops still grabbed and detained press, took pics of faces and ID’s, broke their mics and threw them in the weeds, laughed about it, teed off with ridiculous amounts of whatever fireworks they could grab at protestors who largely were just standing there, and now we have this announcement.
    Garland had no choice, because the press filmed what happened to them. The choice he does have, is to launch a Criminal investigation into the police that detained and unconstitutional handled the press, and protestors. This AG has a boo boo, and he doesn’t feel good today.
    Nothing, has changed,. This is a showy civil investigation and a waste of money. Charge the cops who took the mics ripped off the logo’s and threw them in the weeds. Period.

    • Where are all the so called 2nd amendment folks when it is the first amendment ?
      They cry about free speech when they aren’t allowed to threaten or call names, but here we have real press on film documenting 1st amendment violations in plain view. And the state captain came right up to one press 2 days prior (Unicorn Riot)and delivered what some may interpret as a veiled threat. Our AG is Linus.
      The draconian noose is tightening on our free press, as we speak and he just sucks his blanky.

    • And he could have issued warrants for the arrest of Rudy and Donald clown show on day one for incitement. but, I guess our democracy is not quite as sacred as they try to tell us all the time. Pathetic and weak, whiny little Linus.

    • Never say never, because nothing is never.

      The intention of our declaration is to jail a would be king. Throw george in the clink.

  3. Imagine the choice: true evil like the RepubliKlan or “Mass Incarceration”: Joe who wants to look like he’s your friend.

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