Minnesota Is Filing A Human Rights Complaint Against The Minneapolis Police Department
An investigation will include a review of the policies and procedures of the police department for the past 10 years.
On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz said the purpose of the complaint is to weed out "systemic racism that is generations deep."
Our Minnesota Department of Human Rights today filed a civil rights charge against the MPD. @mnhumanrights will investigate the department’s policies, procedures, and practices over the past 10 years to determine if they engaged in systemic discriminatory practices.— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) June 2, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights will be responsible for reviewing the police department's policies, procedures and practices over the past decade "to determine if they engaged in systematic discriminatory practices."
Gov. Walz made the announcement during a press conference.
"We know that deeply seated issues exist," the governor said. "I know it because we saw the casual nature of the erasing of George Floyd's life and humanity. We also saw the reaction of the community. They expected nothing to happen because nothing happened so many times before."
His name is George Floyd.— Shaun King (@shaunking) May 26, 2020
And he was murdered by the Minneapolis Police Department.
A grocery store called the police on him when they thought he was writing a bad check. pic.twitter.com/q1OQx2RpDM
State Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero will lead the department in seeking an agreement with the police department to enforce interim policies and additional measures to address systemic discrimination, ABC 7 News reported.
In addition to the human rights probe, the FBI is investigating to determine if officers deprived Floyd of his civil rights.
On Sunday, Gov. Walz appointed state Attorney General Keith Ellison to lead the prosecutions in the case. City activists requested for Ellison to be appointed to send a message that the city is working to pursue justice for Floyd, Al Jazeera reported.
"We are going to bring to bear all the resources necessary to achieve justice in this case," Ellison said.
According to ABC 7, the Minneapolis Police Department has faced allegations of racial discrimination against residents and within the department.
In 2007, the department's first Black police chief, Medaria Arradondo, was among five officers who sued the police department for departmental discriminatory practices.