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'Justice will be served': Barr announces civil rights investigation into George Floyd's death

Added 05-29-20 04:23:01pm EST - “The FBI and Justice Department are carrying out an investigation into whether the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd violated any federal civil rights laws.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “'Justice will be served': Barr announces civil rights investigation into George Floyd's death”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The FBI and Justice Department are carrying out an investigation into whether the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd violated any federal civil rights laws.

Attorney General William Barr said on Friday that he was “confident justice will be served” shortly after Derek Chauvin, the fired police officer who is accused of killing Floyd, was arrested. Mass protests, some of which turned violent with looting and the burning of businesses, broke out after video emerged of Chauvin digging his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes as he pinned Floyd to the pavement.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, could be heard begging for his life. Further video emerged showing three other officers also using their weight to press Floyd to the ground. Floyd was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

“The video images of the incident that ended with death of Mr. Floyd, while in custody of Minneapolis police officers, were harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing,” Barr said in a statement. “The state prosecutor has been in the process of determining whether any criminal charges are appropriate under state law. On a separate and parallel track, the Department of Justice, including the FBI, are conducting an independent investigation to determine whether any federal civil rights laws were violated.”

The attorney general said that “both state and federal officers are working diligently and collaboratively to ensure that any available evidence relevant to these decisions is obtained as quickly as possible” and stressed that “charging decisions must be, and will be, based on the law and facts.” He said the process for deciding whether to press Chauvin with federal civil rights charges “is proceeding quickly” but that “the state’s charging decisions will be made first.”

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