DOJ Initiates New Investigation on George Floyd Case

US Department of Justice initiates a new investigation against the police in Minneapolis (Minnesota) after the verdict in George Floyd case. About this writes Reuters.

The entire city’s police force will be investigated because of the murder of an African-American man, the involvement of which is believed to be former officer Derek Chauvin. The investigation is designed to determine if there are trends or practices of “unconstitutional or unlawful law enforcement conduct” within the Minneapolis Police Department.

The results of the investigation will be released separately.

On April 21, a jury in Minneapolis court found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts of murder and faces up to 40 years in prison. The sentence is expected to be announced in about eight weeks.

African-American George Floyd, 46, was arrested May 25, 2020, outside a grocery store in Minneapolis. Allegedly, he allegedly paid with a fake check. Law enforcement officers dragged him out of the vehicle and laid him on the pavement. Chauvin roughly pressed Floyd with his knee, and Floyd complained without resisting that he could not breathe. The arresting officer died shortly thereafter. Four police officers were fired after the incident. On April 9, 2021, in court proceedings, pulmonologist Martin Tobin confirmed that the death was caused by Chauvin’s actions.

Police actions caused the mass riots in the U.S. in the summer of 2020. Protesters blamed Floyd’s death on police officers and claimed unfair treatment of black people in the country.