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Here's what the Department of Human Rights discovered while investigating the MPD

An extensive investigation into the city and Minneapolis police discovered a "pattern or practice of race discrimination" that violates Minnesota's Human Rights Act.

Alexandra Simon

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Published: 2:27 PM MDT April 28, 2022
Updated: 7:14 AM MDT April 29, 2022

On April 27, 2022, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights released its investigation into the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department.

The investigation, which was opened in 2020 following the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, concluded that "there is probable cause that the City and MPD engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act."

Findings in the 72-page report were based on 700 hours of body-worn camera footage, nearly 480,000 pages of City and MPD documents, about 87 hours of 2021 MPD Academy trainings for new officer hires, multiple ride-alongs with MPD officers, use-of-force incident records, traffic stop data and interviews and statements from thousands of community members about their experiences with the MPD.

The MDHR determined that the city's police department "engages in a pattern or practice of discriminatory, race-based policing. Below are more examples and details pulled from the report that support the department's findings.

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