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Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

One day after a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced his Justice Department had launched a civil investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.

The timing was notable beyond taking place after the Chauvin verdict: Just days earlier, Garland rescinded a memo issued by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions that limited the use of consent decrees, a tool that was previously wielded by the Justice Department to oversee local police departments with troubling practices.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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