Department of Justice investigation

We explain the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation and what has happened so far.
April 21, 2021

United States Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation

On April 21, 2021, one day after a jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty for murdering George Floyd, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the DOJ had opened an investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the MPD.

See the DOJ press release

The DOJ stated its investigation will assess all types of force used by MPD officers, including use of force involving individuals with behavioral health disabilities and those engaged in activities protected by the First Amendment.

The investigation will assess whether MPD engages in discriminatory policing. The DOJ will conduct a comprehensive review of MPD policies, training, and supervision. The DOJ will also examine MPD’s systems of accountability, including complaint intake, investigation, review, disposition and discipline.

This is an investigation into the City and MPD as a whole, and not of any particular individuals. The investigation is civil, not criminal.

April 2021 to now

Minneapolis cooperates with investigation

The City and MDP are fully committed to supporting the DOJ investigation. Since April 2021, the City and MPD have:

  • Responded to numerous information requests
  • Provided dozens of witnesses for interviews
  • Arranged MPD ridealongs for DOJ investigators
  • Arranged observations of the City’s 911 dispatch center
  • Produced thousands of pages of documents to the DOJ
Ongoing

The DOJ continues its investigation

You may contact the Department of Justice with relevant information at Community.Minneapolis@usdoj.gov or 866-432-0268.