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State files civil rights charge against Minneapolis Police Department

Updated: June 02, 2020 06:45 PM

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has filed a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Department related to George Floyd's death. 

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An investigation will look into whether police have "engaged in systemic discriminatory practices." It will look at policies, procedures and practices over the past 10 years. 

Department of Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero will lead the investigation. 

"George Floyd should be alive. He deserved to live a life full of dignity and joy," Lucero said in a press release. 

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Lucero said this is a moment in time that must be grasped. 

"All of us are called to do everything we can, not just to prevent future deaths, but to end the systemic racism that is leading to all of these outcomes throughout Minnesota," Lucero said. "We are deeply interconnected, and we need each other."

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said it is "one piece of the puzzle" in getting justice for George Floyd. 

"This problem is years in the making, but we have an opportunity to seize this moment to make it better, to take a solid first step of many, many steps that we must do in each branch of government to decontruct the system of racism that frankly ... has always existed," Flanagan said.

The state says taking this action "will allow the Department of Human Rights to take swift action in response to any determination of civil rights violations." 

Minnesotans with information should contact the DHR online or by calling (651) 539-1100.

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