DOJ to investigate Minneapolis police after Chauvin verdict

ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas discusses what’s next for the Department of Justice and its investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.
1:31 | 04/22/21

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Transcript for DOJ to investigate Minneapolis police after Chauvin verdict
To the new Department of Justice investigation into the Minneapolis police department that was announced today. ABC's Chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas joins us now here this is called a pattern or practice investigation explain what that means. Leslie pattern or practice investigations are powerful tools and they look into every aspect of a police department's actions and policies. It's essentially an audit they can examine. Who's being arrested and why. In Minneapolis and ABC news investigation what our own stations found blacks were 19% of the city's population in 2018. What made up a whopping 63%. Of arrests. We found black drivers were five times more likely to be pulled over then why drivers. A lot of the Obama administration the Justice Department launched 25 pattern or practice investigations. Under the top administration just one was launched. And our exclusive interview with the attorney general this week. He vowed to use every resource to ensure equal justice and he now appears to be putting every police department in the nation on notice that isn't. And here one of those investigations during the Obama administration that you mentioned looked at the Ferguson Missouri police department after the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by police. What was the outcome of that investigation. Well one of the things they found is that the police department was engaging in a pattern and practice. Basically. Using traffic violations and other such methods to target black people to feel the city coffers that was the allegation. Pierre Thomas our thanks to you.

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