Derek Chauvin is segregated from other inmates in state's 'most secure unit'

Joanna Estrada
April 22, 2021

Garland said the new probe "is separate from and independent of the federal criminal investigation" into Floyd's death last May that sparked a wave of protests in the USA and overseas against police brutality and racism in the U.S.

The Trump administration had opened a federal civil rights investigation in the case days after Floyd, a Black man, died last May after Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was prone on his stomach.

"Most of our nation's law enforcement officers do their hard jobs honorably and lawfully", Garland said. We ask if the outrage sparked by last May's killing of George Floyd marks a turning point for the United States and a criminal justice system that's violent, harsh - and where numerous country's 18-thousand law enforcement bodies wield outsized power.

He said the civil probe will examine whether the Minneapolis police have engaged in excessive force, discriminatory conduct or abused those with mental or physical disabilities.

Chauvin, found guilty Tuesday in connection with Floyd's death on May 25, is being housed under "administrative segregation" status for the fired Minneapolis police officer's own safety while being held at the Oak Park Heights Prison until sentencing in June, said agency spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald.

Biden also called on Americans to address hatred to "change the hearts and minds, as well as laws and policies".

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