The investigation was announced the day after the verdict in the case of the death of George Floyd.
On Wednesday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland launched a large-scale investigation into police activity in Minneapolis after a jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd.
As Garland told a news conference, the investigation plans to “assess whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a recurring pattern of excessive use of force, including during protests.”
Garland has previously promised that the fight against police misconduct will be one of his work priorities.
The Justice Department previously announced an investigation to determine whether Floyd’s civil rights were violated.
On Friday, the Justice Department reversed a policy introduced under former President Donald Trump’s administration and limited tools for tracking and investigating police misconduct. In a memo to Justice Department employees, Garland explained that the department would return to the traditional practice of investigating state and local police departments, which would allow department heads to approve most settlement agreements and claims settlement agreements.