DOJ announces results of federal probe into Minneapolis Police
The Department of Justice has finished its two-year-long pattern and practice investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, multiple sources confirmed to 5 INVESTIGATES.
Attorney General Merrick Garland will be in Minneapolis Friday morning to make a “civil rights announcement,” according to a DOJ press release Thursday morning.
The DOJ launched its investigation after the murder of George Floyd to determine if MPD engages in a pattern of discriminatory policing and excessive force.
5 INVESTIGATES previously revealed a pattern of misconduct inside the department in which officers falsified police reports, omitted key details or failed to report their use of force altogether.
“I think the most important aspect of this case is that it’s trying to attack systemic racism in an institution and it’s acknowledging that such a thing exists,” said Rachel Paulose, who served as the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota from 2006 to 2008. “That’s really the message that the Department of Justice is sending with this investigation. And that’s what I expect the message to be from the attorney general.”
The result of the federal investigation comes just two months after the Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced its court-enforceable agreement with MPD.
Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Brian O’Hara have been preparing for the federal consent decree for several months. In a recent interview, they said the department anticipates the department will be under federal supervision for several years.
Frey and O’Hara will also be at the press conference on Friday.
U.S. Attorney Andy Luger will not be at the press conference. A source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to 5 INVESTIGATES that Luger has been “conflicted out” because he previously represented the city of Minneapolis while working for an outside law firm.
Ann Bildsten, the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, will be present alongside Garland and other top DOJ officials on Friday, according to the release.
“That is not unusual. As a matter of fact, every time a new U.S. Attorney comes into office, the first thing that happens is he or she has to fill out a bunch of paperwork that is designed to identify potential conflicts,” said Tom Heffelfinger, who held that job in Minnesota in the early 2000s.
Friday’s full news conference can be found in full below.
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