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Case Name DOJ Investigation of Minneapolis Police Department PN-MN-0007
Docket / Court No Docket ( No Court )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On April 21, 2021, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was opening a pattern and practice investigation into the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). According to Garland, the investigation, initiated under the ... read more >
On April 21, 2021, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was opening a pattern and practice investigation into the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). According to Garland, the investigation, initiated under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, will examine whether the City and MPD violated the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment of citizens or the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The announcement came a day after MPD officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, sparking national outrage and protests. In his announcement, Garland noted that this investigation was separate from a a criminal investigation that DOJ had already launched into Chauvin.

Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 09/12/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Causes of Action 34 U.S.C. § 12601 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 14141)
Defendant(s) City of Minneapolis
Minneapolis Police Department
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Filed 2021
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Review of the Use of Monitors in Civil Settlement Agreements and Consent Decrees Involving State and Local Government Entities
U.S. Department of Justice
Date: 9/13/2021
By: Attorney General Merrick Garland and Assoc. AG Vanita Gupta (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Policing the Police: The Impact of "Pattern-or-Practice" Investigations on Crime
https://www.nber.org/papers/w27324
Date: June 2020
By: Tanaya Devi, Roland G. Fryer Jr (Harvard Faculty)
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  Data examining the Department of Justice's civil rights investigations of local and state police departments
Marshall Project
Date: Jan. 17, 2017
By: Tom Meagher (Marshall Project)
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  The Civil Rights Division’s Pattern and Practice Police Reform Work: 1994-Present
https://www.justice.gov/
Date: Jan. 4, 2017
By: U.S. Department of Justice
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  An Interactive Guide to the Civil Rights Division’s Police Reforms
https://www.justice.gov/
Date: Jan. 4, 2017
By: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (U.S. Department of Justice)
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  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Date: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
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General Documents
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04/26/2021
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Announces Investigation of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Police Department
PN-MN-0007-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section

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