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DOJ Found That Democrat-Run Minneapolis Police has Long History of Systemic Abuses

DOJ Found That Democrat-Run Minneapolis Police has Long History of Systemic Abuses

Can’t blame this on Republicans. Democrats have controlled Minneapolis for 40 years.

The Democrats have run Minneapolis for 40 years. The Democrats have controlled Minnesota for a long time, too.

George Floyd’s death led to a DOJ investigation into Minneapolis police tactics. Officials scoured through documents, files, videos, and data. It found:

The Department of Justice has reasonable cause to believe that the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives people of their rights under the Constitution and federal law:

  • MPD uses excessive force, including unjustified deadly force and other types of force.
  • MPD unlawfully discriminates against Black and Native American people in its enforcement activities.
  • MPD violates the rights of people engaged in protected speech.
  • MPD and the City discriminate against people with behavioral health disabilities when responding to calls for assistance.

The DOJ “also found persistent deficiencies in MPD’s accountability systems, training, supervision, and officer wellness programs, which contribute to the violations of the Constitution and federal law.”

One city leader told the DOJ that complaints about the police force happened way before Floyd’s death:

For years, MPD used dangerous techniques and weapons against people who committed at most a petty offense and sometimes no offense at all. MPD used force to punish people who made officers angry or criticized the police. MPD patrolled neighborhoods differently based on their racial composition and discriminated based on race when searching, handcuffing, or using force against people during stops. The City sent MPD officers to behavioral health-related 911 calls, even when a law enforcement response was not appropriate or necessary, sometimes with tragic results. These actions put MPD officers and the Minneapolis community at risk.

The DOJ and Minneapolis agreed to negotiate “a deal for overhauling the Police Department that could be enforced by a court.”

Those agreements are “consent decrees.” These decrees are agreed to by all parties and submitted to a court. It becomes legally binding when a judge approves it. No one can appeal these agreements unless one side commits fraud or if both parties commit an error.

The decrees can last for years. The Los Angeles Police Department remained under one for 11 years. Detroit had one for 13 years.

After Floyd’s death, Minneapolis became ground zero for the “defund the police” movement. Police officers resigned in a hurry, leaving the city without a lot of protection.

Minneapolis has a handful of officers. Crime has risen because duh:

As of early this month, Minneapolis had 585 police officers on its payroll, down from the 912 it employed in early 2019 and well below the minimum force strength of 731 officers set by the city’s charter.

The exodus included many officers who retired on disability after getting a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.

As its police ranks thinned out, Minneapolis — like many other cities around the country — experienced a surge in crime.

Gang violence became a significant concern among residents and law enforcement officials, leading federal prosecutors to indict dozens of suspected gang members on racketeering charges this year. Carjackings and car theft became growing problems. This year alone, more than 4,100 vehicles have been reported stolen, nearly twice as many as during the same period last year.


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Call me a sceptic. These are the universal “findings” when law enforcement is doing its job in crime ridden areas. I thought that the MPD would get brownie points for letting the city burn during the summer of St. George of Floyd?

    alaskabob in reply to alaskabob. | June 16, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    By the way….the document states the 4 officers murdered Floyd. Couldn’t they have embellished that more since Floyd’s drug ingestion was the true cause of his death. The two tiers of justice have sub-groups for enhanced restorative justice.

      Joe-dallas in reply to alaskabob. | June 16, 2023 at 5:39 pm

      the drug overdosed caused the excess fluid in the lungs which prevented the exchange of oxygen into the blood through the tiny air sacs in the lungs. The ME hinted at that reason. The 3 other cardiologists flat out lied.

      The defense did a very poor job addressing the basic biology of how a human breathes and exchanges oxygen in the lungs. Typically learned in 7th or 8th grade

        Gosport in reply to Joe-dallas. | June 16, 2023 at 7:39 pm

        “The defense did a very poor job”

        Yes, but given the circumstances and the nature of the kangaroo court nothing the defense had to say was listened to and quite a bit of what they had to say wasn’t allowed.

SeymourButz | June 16, 2023 at 3:25 pm

Whether or not this response is warranted, the result will be the same. Minneapolis will be without a police force in short order.

    alaskabob in reply to SeymourButz. | June 17, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Cities used to have “bad part of town” areas….but crime was still dealt with. Then we progressed to third world “no-go” zones. Whole blue cities and blue states are becoming no-go zones.. Welcome to Yugoslavia….right down to Tito-communism.

Bucky Barkingham | June 16, 2023 at 3:31 pm

This phrase from the report: “…people who committed at most a petty offense and sometimes no offense at all.” is particularly ironic considering how Garland’s DOJ is persecuting J6 mostly peaceful protestors. In the case of Ashli Babbitt the Capitol Police used unjustified deadly force just as the DOJ asserts that MPD has done.

2smartforlibs | June 16, 2023 at 3:35 pm

Liberal hack says what? The left has run that department along with the feds for years now.

Juris Doctor | June 16, 2023 at 3:37 pm

Garland has continued Eric Holder’s prod tradition of declaring the department guilty before the investigation has begun and then relying on vague “disparities” to justify the conclusion of “racism.” He even uses the exact same goon squad to do it. To wit, Vanita Gupta.

Before bursting out the champagne did you read the report?

It is a scathing attack on the police by an institution trying to take over and eliminate local police, the language it uses is not distinguishable from any other left wing group, and frankly a simple look at television showing the protests the police supposedly stopped seems to show those protests went just fine.

Actually I recall the mayor being actively heckled by protestors so forgive me if I am skeptical of the idea that left wing protests are systemically cracked down on in the twin cities.

All a part of the half-blood prince’s “Hope and Change” program to destroy our Country

When you defund the police and take away private ownership of firearms, who are you gong to call?

“The exodus included many officers who retired on disability after getting a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.”

“Two Sacramento Bee reporters hit a roadblock 15 years ago as they checked out a tip that many high-ranking California Highway Patrol officers were filing injury claims as they prepared to retire, giving them generous disability pensions with tax-free income.”

The whole cops “retiring” with PSTD disabilities is a well tread sham. Not just cops, postal workers “retire” suffering from a condition known as “blown-out” feet.

The two groups sometimes switch-hit on the scam. My sister-in-law retired from the Kern co. sheriffs dept. suffering from “blown-out” feet. Doesn’t stop her from living a active lifestyle. But darned if the KCSD could’ve put her behind a desk. Maybe a sheriff dept. desk job leads to blown-out arse. Anything is possible.

An old buddy is married to a postal worker – she’s the one that first told me about the blown-out foot scam. That was 1990 – and the scam had been going on for many years previous to that.

My point being – I’ll wager even odds the MPD guys have been milking the disabled retirement scam for decades.

The report appears to assume that the offender’s rate is identical for each race.

Therefore, if fewer whites are stopped than Blacks or Indians, racism exist.

Before this assumption is made, evidence should be obtained to determine if the assumption is accurate.

    E Howard Hunt in reply to ParkRidgeIL. | June 17, 2023 at 8:50 am

    The evidence exists and is readily available to show it is not accurate. It is ignored. To pay attention would be to open the door to all race differences, a situation that 95% of even the posters on this site cannot face.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to ParkRidgeIL. | June 17, 2023 at 11:18 am

    A police officer is 40 times more likely to be murdered by a black person, most of those are by black males. The biggest threat for black males are not police, it is another black male. Above age 35 black much less likely to murder each other.

“DOJ Finds That DOJ Has a Long History Of Systemic Abuses”
Fixed your headline for you!

Merrick Garland has about as much credibility as Heinrich Himmler, and he’s turning out to be as sinister.

Today marks one month since Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson entered office on May 15, 2023. He commemorated the milestone on Twitter with a thread detailing what he has focused on thus far.

Notably, there was only one mention of public safety — and it did not even reference a specific policy. This is significant because new data show Mayor Johnson has presided over a 38% crime spike over his first month in office when comparing it to the same period last year.

Vehicle thefts spiked by 153%, aggravated battery is up 17%, burglary jumped by 12%, and even shootings rose 5%. A few weeks ago, carjackings got so bad the Chicago Police Department had to issue a “community alert urging residents to be more vigilant about their surroundings and to always be on the lookout for suspicious activity when entering or leaving vehicles.”

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to | June 17, 2023 at 6:13 am

    “ Vehicle thefts spiked by 153%, aggravated battery is up 17%, burglary jumped by 12%, and even shootings rose 5%.”

    That’s the populace celebrating the transition in the mayor’s office. Nothing to see here.

It appears so far that only one commentator here has read the report.

Garland coming down on somebody for violating “… the rights of people engaged in protected speech.”

That is the most hilarious thing I’ve read all week!

The nerve of that lawless prick is astounding.

henrybowman | June 16, 2023 at 6:26 pm

Of all America’s problems that weasel-boy could be investigating, this is the one he’s lavishing his attention on.
Because it’s the next step in replacing the professional PD of a big American city — any one, just to start off — with “the people’s enforcement” (Antifa).
Remember who told ya.

    E Howard Hunt in reply to henrybowman. | June 17, 2023 at 9:37 am

    So many of these twisted lefties are physically repulsive. Chicken or egg? Do they act in a spiteful manner because they are angry about their own appearance, or is their appearance the outward manifestation of a twisted nature? He is a weasel, regardless.

The people of Minneapolis will be receiving exactly the law enforcement they voted for. The quality of the PD will drop even further. The remaining force will further draw back from a proactive posture and become reactive. Attrition via early retirement, disability and for younger officers with less time a transfer to another dept or leave their career behind.

The PD should be composed of emotionally mature professionals who are physically and mentally able to handle the rigorous demands of becoming a LEO. There should be zero tolerance for any LEO who uses his badge and gun to become a bully towards anyone. That said someone who resists an arrest is going to jail one way or the other. The PD should professionally apply enough force to effect the arrest but no more and certainly no less. At the end of the encounter your ass is getting cuffed and gonna put into the vehicle then to jail; whether that ie easy or hard is really up to the person being arrested.

Democrats are the part of DIEversity past, present, and progressive.

What would a similar review of the DOJ reveal? FBI? Both politicized cesspools. They should remove the word Justice from the title.

ChrisPeters | June 17, 2023 at 9:13 am

The icing on the proverbial cake? They spent taxpayer money on this study, even though the conclusion was reached before it even began.

“We identified many violations of the Fourth Amendment in incidents involving youth. In several incidents, officers did not use age-appropriate de-escalation—or any de- escalation—to avoid the use of force. These officers used force against youth that was unnecessary and harmful to their physical and emotional well-being.” <– from the report.

Were the accompanying parents or adult chaperones of the youths unable to guide the youths through police interactions in public?