Minnesota opens civil rights investigation into its police department

Tim Walz
Tim Walz

Protests continue to rage across the US as demonstrators defied curfews and marched to seek justice for the brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota policeman Derek Chauvin. Tanzia Haq reports.

Governer Tim Walz on Tuesday announced that the state’s department of Human Rights is formally lodging a civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department. Walz said to reporters that the investigation will review the Minneapolis Police Department’s policies and arresting practices over the last ten years to determine if the department has been systematically discriminatory towards African Americans and people of color.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is preparing to charge the other police officers who had been present at the scene of George Floyd’s death for abetting in the killing. Those to be charged include the two police officers who had held Floyd down while Chauvin applied pressure on Floyd’s neck by kneeling, despite Floyd’s repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe”.

On Tuesday the Minneapolis public school district board joined multiple other organizations that cut their ties with the police department. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation board, the University of Minnesota, museums and other venues have all either limited or severed their relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department over the last week.