According to this by The Hill, the Department of Justice is going to expand “pattern or practice” investigations into other cities.
Of course, any police department that engages in patterns of discrimination should be investigated. The problem here is that the Biden administration is more likely to launch probes to please its political base. And the end result will be further paralysis by police, who already have backed off from doing their jobs for fear of “investigations” and becoming the next symbol of supposed white oppression.
And as has been said many times, the people who suffer the worst from police not being able to do their jobs are the very communities President Biden claims he is trying to help.
According to the piece:
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday morning that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will open an investigation into the policing practices of law enforcement in Minneapolis.
The investigation comes a day after a jury in Minneapolis found former city police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last May.
“Although the state’s prosecution was successful, I know that nothing can fill the void that the loved ones of George Floyd have felt since his death,” Garland said Wednesday morning.
“Yesterday’s verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis.”
The DOJ under President Biden had been expected to use such “pattern or practice” investigations as the country grapples with police brutality, systemic racism and potential sweeping reforms.
The move tees up greater federal oversight of local police departments, giving the DOJ an avenue to bring civil suits against police departments with a pattern of using excessive force or discriminatory practices against certain groups of people, such as people of color or people with disabilities.