Department of Justice findings

We explain the DOJ's findings and the process to work toward a consent decree.



The DOJ report on June 16, 2023, states that the DOJ has reasonable cause to believe that:

  • The City and MPD engage in a pattern or practice of conduct.
  • The conduct deprives people of their rights under the Constitution and federal law.

The DOJ found:

  • Reasonable cause to believe MPD uses excessive force, including unjustified deadly force and other types of force.
  • Reasonable cause to believe MPD unlawfully discriminates against Black and Native American people in its enforcement activities.
  • Reasonable cause to believe MPD violates the rights of people engaged in protected speech.
  • Reasonable cause to believe MPD and the City discriminate against people with behavioral health disabilities when responding to calls for assistance.

The DOJ also found deficiencies in MPD's:

  • Accountability systems
  • Training
  • Supervision
  • Officer wellness programs

The DOJ found that these systems contribute to the violation of the Constitutional and federal law.

See the DOJ press release

Road map for change

The City and DOJ have agreed to negotiate toward a court-enforceable consent decree.

About the negotiated consent decree:

  • An independent monitor will oversee the process.
  • The negotiated consent decree will be legally binding.
  • The DOJ has recommended 28 remedial measures to ensure that the City of Minneapolis complies with federal constitutional law.

Separate from State investigation

  • This federal investigation is separate and distinct from the investigation conducted by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR).
  • MDHR looked at violations of State law. The DOJ investigation looked at violations of federal law.

See court-enforceable settlement agreement