The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation against the Minneapolis police following the verdict in the George Floyd case. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the news on Wednesday, April 21.
“The Justice Department has launched a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department has engaged in patterns or practices of unconstitutional or illegal law enforcement conduct,” the attorney general said at a news conference, which was broadcast on the Justice Department website.
According to Garland, the investigation is not related to another federal investigation into the cause of Floyd’s death. The attorney general assured that the results would be made public.
On April 20, a jury in U.S. court in Minneapolis found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts of the murder of African American Floyd. Chauvin was charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He faces up to 40 years in prison.
It was later learned that Chauvin had been transferred to the Minnesota State Penitentiary.