Legal actions

See public data and information on the officers involved, the immediate police response and the decision by the Minnesota Attorney General to charge the officers.

State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin

A jury found former officer Derek Chauvin guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on April 20, 2021 in the death of George Floyd. 

View Hennepin County District Court information: State vs. Derek Chauvin

Trial for former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao  

Trial proceedings for former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are scheduled to begin March 7, 2022.  

Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigation

On June 2, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights launched an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) after filing a civil rights charge related to the death of George Floyd. This investigation into policies, procedures, and practices over the past 10 years will determine if the MPD has engaged in systemic discriminatory practices toward people of color and ensure any such practices are stopped. 
 
Learn more about the MDHR investigation

United States of America v. Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane

A federal grand jury in Minneapolis has indicted former MPD officers Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane with federal civil rights crimes for their roles in the death of George Floyd. 

A separate, two-count indictment also charges Chauvin with willfully depriving a Minneapolis resident who was then 14 years old of the constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer. The indictment alleges that on Sept. 4, 2017, Chauvin, without legal justification, held the teenager by the throat and struck the teenager multiple times in the head with a flashlight. The indictment alleges that this offense included the use of a dangerous weapon—a flashlight—and resulted in bodily injury to the teenager. It also alleges that Chauvin held his knee on the neck and the upper back of the teenager even after the teenager was lying prone, handcuffed, and unresisting, also resulting in bodily injury.

U.S. Justice Department pattern or practice investigation

U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced April 21, 2021 the Justice Department has opened a pattern or practice investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department. It follows the murder conviction of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

The investigation will assess all types of force used by MPD officers, including uses of force involving individuals with behavioral health disabilities and uses of force against individuals engaged in activities protected by the First Amendment. The investigation will also assess whether MPD engages in discriminatory policing. As part of the investigation the Justice Department will conduct a comprehensive review of MPD policies, training and supervision. The department will also examine MPD’s systems of accountability, including complaint intake, investigation, review, disposition and discipline. The Department of Justice will also reach out to community groups and members of the public to learn about their experiences with MPD.

Individuals with relevant information are encouraged to contact the Department of Justice by email or phone. Individuals can also report civil rights violations regarding this or other matters using the Civil Rights Division’s new reporting portal.

Public data available online

Public data originating from the City from the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, is available online.