Attorney General Merrick Garland declared Wednesday that the Justice Department is starting a"pattern or practice" investigation to the Minneapolis police department.
The Justice Department will evaluate whether the section has a pattern of using excessive force in arrests or in protests, if the department's officer participate in discriminatory behavior and if its treatment of individuals with disabilities violate the legislation, Garland said.
Garland declared the investigation through public opinions Wednesday morning, admitting the departure of George Floyd per day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of Floyd's murder.
"I understand such wounds have profound roots,'' Garland said. "And too many communities have undergone those wounds, first hand. Yesterday's verdict at the state criminal trial doesn't address, possibly systemic policing problems in Minneapolis."
"The new civil evaluation is distinct from and independent of the national criminal investigation into the death of George Floyd, the Justice Department has declared," he further added.
Garland said the DOJ"has the ability to bring a civil litigation" and when the DOJ"finds illegal practices or routines or clinics, the local police department enters into a settlement agreement or a consent decree to make sure that prompt and effective action is required to align policing practices with law"
In his opinions, Garland confessed the long record of"the challenges we all confront."
"They didn't appear now, or a year ago, building confidence between community and law enforcement will require some time and effort by most people. But we tackle this task with urgency and conviction, knowing that shift can't wait"
AP first reported that the DOJ could make the statement.
Garland had told ABC News' Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas through an interview that he had been"shocked" in the footage of George Floyd in custody if he saw it and the Justice Department is dedicated to utilizing pattern or practice investigations to hold law enforcement accountablefor
"I stated in mySenate Judiciary Committee-- testimony which I believed that pattern-or-practice investigations are still an essential instrument of the justice section, toensure-- police responsibility, and make sure that branches -- are using the most effective approaches," he explained.