On April 20, 2021, after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, numerous Snopes readers turned to us for clarity as to the amount of time Chauvin could be expected to spend behind bars.
He said investigators, drawn from DOJ's Civil Division and the U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis, will 'assess whether the Minneapolis police department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force - including during protests'.
After less than 12 hours of deliberations, the jury returned its verdict against Chauvin, finding him guilty on all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Garland, in a memo to staff, said the department would return to its traditional practices of investigating state and local police departments, allowing unit heads to approve most settlements and consent decrees.
Another potential point of appeal could be media coverage and protests Credit Eric Lee /Bloomberg
The Trump administration had opened a federal civil rights investigation in the case days after Floyd, a Black man, died last May after Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was prone on his stomach.
The investigation marks a return to increased federal oversight of errant police departments, with a tool the Trump administration used just once in the last four years to examine a small force in MA. It will also look into the department´s handling of misconduct allegations among other things, the person said.
"Today's outcome in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis does not undo the loss of life", the National Football League said. It is unclear whether the years under investigation will begin when Floyd died or before. By contrast, during the Obama years, the Justice Department conducted more than two dozen pattern or practice investigations.
Chauvin was convicted Tuesday, almost one year after kneeling on Floyd's neck in an incident that sparked global protests against police brutality.