The Justice Department informed the Minneapolis Police Department that they were opening a civil investigation this morning, a senior justice official told reporters on a background call, saying that MPD leaders pledged cooperation in the probe.
Career civil rights division attorneys, as part of the special litigation section, had been looking into the practices of the department and made the recommendation to senior leaders at DOJ to open the investigation, according to the official.
A team of civil rights division attorneys from the Justice Department are on the ground in Minneapolis working with the US Attorney’s Office in Minnesota to begin the investigation, according to the official.
These investigations are typically staffed by career attorneys with deep civil rights experience, and they hire teams of experts to assist and look into evidence, the official said. The teams often include former police chiefs or high-level police officers in similarly situated cities.