Pelosi thanks George Floyd for 'sacrificing your life for justice'

George Floyd’s death was ‘wake-up call’ about systemic racism, Trudeau says

Last week, Garland revoked a Trump-era memo that made it more hard for the Justice Department's civil rights lawyers to reach consent decrees with state and local governments over policing practices, and to seek court approval for independent monitors to check whether police departments were honoring the terms of settlements.

Derek Chauvin will be sentenced in eight weeks after he was convicted Tuesday on all three counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder while committing a felony, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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.

The official had direct knowledge of the matter but was not authorized to speak publicly about the upcoming announcement, planned for Wednesday morning. "Mr. George Floyd should be here with us today".

Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground, with his knee to his neck, for more than nine minutes, as the 46-year-old struggled to breathe and called out for his mother.

The eyes of the USA - and the wider world - have been fixed on a courthouse in Minnesota, following the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.

The Justice Department on Friday withdrew a policy put in place during former President Donald Trump's administration that limited the tools the federal government could use to monitor and probe police misconduct.

But he says the trial underlines how much work remains to be done to combat systemic racism.

Firstly, let us lay out some facts of the case. We must not turn away.

The Justice Department had previously considered opening a pattern or practice investigation into the police department soon after Floyd´s death, but Attorney General Bill Barr was hesitant to do so at the time, fearing that it could cause further divisions in law enforcement amid widespread protests and civil unrest, three people familiar with the matter told the AP.

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