- Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced that the Justice Department is launching a civil investigation into 2017 incident with Derek Chauvin.
- It’s investigating the Minneapolis Police Department to determine if it “engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.”
- Videos from 2017 allegedly show Chauvin striking a Black teenager in the head so hard that stitches were required, then allegedly holding the boy down with his knee for almost 17 minutes.
Mike Levine from ABC News writes:
“Late last year, as a team of Minnesota state prosecutors was preparing for the trial that would ultimately convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, they received a series of videos depicting Chauvin’s handling of another case three years earlier that by their own description shocked them.
The videos, from Sept. 4, 2017, allegedly showed Chauvin striking a Black teenager in the head so hard that the boy needed stitches, then allegedly holding the boy down with his knee for nearly 17 minutes, and allegedly ignoring complaints from the boy that he couldn’t breathe.
“Those videos show a far more violent and forceful treatment of this child than Chauvin describes in his report [of the incident],” Matthew Frank, one of the state prosecutors, wrote in a court filing at the time.
Now, the U.S. Justice Department may do something that state prosecutors never did: charge Chauvin for the 2017 incident…”
See full story here.