The Minneapolis Police Department violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act, a state investigation found.
The department, as well as the city where it's located, engaged in a "pattern or practice" of racial discrimination, according to the findings of a two-year investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
"Following the murder of George Floyd, demands to end discriminatory policing practices reverberated across the world. Those demands remain just as urgent today with the announcement of the investigative findings which paints an unsettling picture of the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department engaging in a pattern of racial discrimination over the last decade," said Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero in a statement Wednesday.
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There were racial disparities in how Minneapolis police officers use "force, stop, search, arrest, and cite people of color, particularly black individuals," and officers were found to use "racist, misogynistic, and disrespectful language," the investigation detailed in a 72-page document of its findings.
Some of the problems were exacerbated by the city and department's organizational culture, the findings said.
"Accountability systems are insufficient and ineffective at holding officers accountable for misconduct," the press release read.
The investigation, which began days after George Floyd's death in 2020, reviewed 700 hours of body camera footage, 480,000 pages of city and department documents, and police use of force files, among other documents.
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The department and city will use the findings to identify actionable changes to be made and establish a timeline for the changes with the state's civil rights enforcement agency.
Floyd's 2020 death, which led to a murder conviction for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, sparked racial justice protests, and the city moved to shift funding away from law enforcement, an effort that was reversed when the City Council approved a $6.4 million push to hire police officers in February 2021.