The Minnesota Department of Human Rights will investigate the Minneapolis Police Department after filing civil rights charges associated with the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody last week.
Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, who announced the filing Tuesday, said the investigation will look into the "policies, procedures, and practices over the past 10 years will determine if the MPD has engaged in systemic discriminatory practices towards people of color and ensure any such practices are stopped."
"Silence is complicity: Minnesotans can expect our administration to use every tool at our disposal to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in our state," Walz said at a press conference Tuesday.
The filing comes a week after the Hennepin County Attorney filed third-degree murder charges against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck before he died.
"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."
The U.S. Department of Justice also announced last week it is investigating if Chauvin and the three other officers involved in Floyd's arrest violated civil rights laws.
"I think the thing I'm hearing from the protesters is: 'We're not watching, and we don't care what you say. We care what you do,'" Walz said.
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