The US Justice Department is predicted to announce a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis, US media reported on Wednesday, citing individuals acquainted with the matter.
The anticipated announcement by Attorney General Merrick Garland comes someday after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of homicide within the loss of life of George Floyd, a milestone within the fraught racial historical past of the United States and a rebuke of regulation enforcement’s remedy of Black Americans.
Garland has beforehand mentioned he’ll make cracking down on police misconduct a precedence.
Justice Department officers didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
President Joe Biden referred to as the conviction of Chauvin a “giant step” towards justice within the United States.
The Justice Department beforehand introduced an investigation into whether or not the officers concerned in Floyd’s loss of life violated his civil rights.
The Justice Department on Friday withdrew a coverage put in place throughout former President Donald Trump’s administration that restricted the instruments the federal authorities may use to monitor and probe police misconduct.
Garland in a memo to employees mentioned the division would return to its conventional practices of investigating state and native police departments, permitting unit heads to approve most settlements and consent decrees. — Reuters