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Valerie Jarrett to DOJ on George Floyd: 'We expect action, we expect justice'

Valerie Jarrett to DOJ on George Floyd: 'We expect action, we expect justice'
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Former Obama White House senior adviser Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Pelosi, Mnuchin push stimulus talks forward, McConnell applies brakes Jacobin Editor-at-Large: Valerie Jarrett's support for Citigroup executive's mayoral campaign 'microcosm' of Democrats' relationship with Wall Street Hollywood gives Biden's digital campaign final star-studded push MORE said this week that the Department of Justice (DOJ) needs to address the unrest in Minneapolis sparked by the police-involved death of George Floyd.

“I don’t have any expectation that he will but that’s why it’s up to us, the American people, to call him to do so,” Jarrett said Thursday on MSNBC, referring to Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolice accountability board concludes that Seattle police officers used excessive force during encounters with protesters Trump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says Seattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money MORE

Jarrett said the Trump administration "basically decimated" the civil rights bureau of the DOJ, noting that President Obama commissioned a panel to study "21st century policing" that was thrown out during the Trump administration. 

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“Where are the Justice Department folks, are they on the ground in Minneapolis? What are they doing to ensure that the demonstrations are peaceful and that people are talking to one another and working through this horrendous grief?” Jarret said. “We expect action, we expect justice.”

On Friday, Barr issued a statement on Floyd’s death, calling the viral video of the police encounter “harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing."

He announced the DOJ and the FBI are investigating whether the officers in Minneapolis violated federal civil rights laws.

Separately, authorities in Minneapolis announced that one of the officers involved in Floyd's death and later fired, Derek Chauvin, would be charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.