The state Human Rights Department has launched a civil rights investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The investigation was prompted by the death of George Floyd. The investigation will cover the past decade to determine if M-P-D has engaged in systemic discrimination toward people of color.

“It’s the opportunity for the state of Minnesota to look at a broad range of practices of the Police Department and to force changes on the police department in a way that will prevent future violations.”

Former U-S Attorney for Minnesota Thomas Heffelfinger says ultimately, the state could bring a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis seeking a court order forcing the city to change its policies and procedures.