USA to launch probe of Minneapolis police after George Floyd murder

Daniel Fowler
April 21, 2021

Netizens all over the world erupted with joy after a jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, whose killing past year ignited a nationwide movement against racial inequality in justice systems.

"The challenges we face are deeply woven into our history".

Trudeau says the verdict is good news. "But we undertake this task with determination and urgency, knowing that change can not wait". George Floyd's murder last May set off a global movement for racial justice and against police brutality.

Floyd, a Black man whose neck was knelt upon by Chauvin for more than nine minutes during his arrest, was pronounced dead about an hour after an ambulance had been called. Chauvin was led away in handcuffs and will await sentencing that could get him a maximum of 40 years in prison, in what is a rare instance of an on-duty white policeman being held accountable for the killing of a Black person in America.

The three other officers involved in Floyd's death - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng - are expected to be tried together in August.

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The new civil investigation is separate from an independent federal criminal investigation into the death of Floyd, which is still ongoing, according to the attorney general.

Biden, in his remarks, acknowledged that the Floyd murder has "ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism - which he called a 'stain on our nation's soul - the Vice President just referred to", while hoping that the verdict can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America. The trial and other recent police shootings have increased pressure on the Biden administration and U.S. lawmakers to make policy changes. He bonded out in October 2020, roughly five months after he was initially arrested and charged in Floyd's death.

In a speech last week, Garland had vowed to examine the practices of police departments that commit civil rights violations.

Garland has previously said he will make cracking down on police misconduct a priority.

When asked to weigh in on the jury's guilty verdict, he stated the move was a step in the right direction symbolizing a small victory for everyone impacted by recent injustices.

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