Justice department to investigate Minneapolis policing practicesApril 21, 2021
- Merrick Garland announces ‘pattern and practice’ investigation
- Police use of force and possible discrimination to be scrutinized
The US justice department announced on Wednesday that it is launching a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis, less than a day after a white former officer was convicted of murdering George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, there.
The investigation will examine the use of force by police officers, including force used during protests, and whether Minneapolis police engage in discriminatory practices, the US attorney general, Merrick Garland, said in Washington DC on Wednesday morning.