Minnesota files civil rights charge against state's police department over George Floyd killing

Minnesota files civil rights charge against state's police department over George Floyd killing
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Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzMinnesota lawmakers blast pharmaceutical industry lawsuit over insulin affordability law Judge in George Floyd case tells attorneys, officials, family to limit public statements Internal watchdog investigating if Air Force improperly used plane to surveil protests: report MORE (D) announced Tuesday that the state's Department of Human Rights will launch an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department after filing a civil rights charge related to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody last week.

“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 investigation will look at Minneapolis police policies and procedures over the past 10 years to determine if the force has engaged in discriminatory practices toward people of color.

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“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.

His announcement comes five days after the Hennepin County Attorney filed criminal charges against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer seen on now-viral video with his knee on Floyd's neck.

The three other officers on the scene of Floyd's arrest have yet to face charges. 

On Sunday, Walz announced that Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonMinnesota lawmakers blast pharmaceutical industry lawsuit over insulin affordability law OVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ whistleblower says California emissions probe was 'abuse of authority' | EPA won't defend policy blocking grantees from serving on boards | Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change MORE would take the lead in any prosecutions tied to the case. 

The Department of Justice announced last week that they are also investigating whether Chauvin and the other officers violated federal civil rights laws.