Here's What The Number On Derek Chauvin's Hand After Guilty Verdict Means

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While acknowledging that most "police officers do their hard jobs honorably and lawfully", Garland said systemic racism and unconstitutional policing practices will be hard to address and root out.

Garland said Tuesday's verdict in the Chauvin case 'does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis'. "The Justice Department will be unwavering in its pursuit of equal justice under law".

Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old who witnessed the killing of Floyd in Minneapolis, was also widely praised on social media following the verdict as her infamous 9-minute video of the incident posted on Facebook, not only sparked worldwide protests last summer but also served as a critical piece of evidence in Chauvin's trial.

Garland led his announcement on Wednesday by offering his sympathies to George Floyd's family after Chauvin was found guilty of murder.

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.

It "may be years before we find out the precise punishment that Chauvin will receive", Slate reported.

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And following the verdict four-time Grand Slam victor Naomi Osaka, 23, wrote: "I was going to make a celebratory tweet but then I was hit with sadness because we are celebrating something that is clear as day".

At trial, Chauvin's defense attorney persistently suggested Chauvin's knee wasn't on Floyd's neck for as long as prosecutors argued, suggesting instead it was across Floyd's back, shoulder blades and arm.

"I said in my- Senate Judiciary Committee- testimony that I thought that pattern-or-practice investigations are an important tool of the justice department, to- ensure- police accountability, and ensure that departments- are using the best methods", he said.

Garland said the challenges being faced "are deeply woven into our history".

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.

Firstly, let us lay out some facts of the case. Such oversight can be costly and last for years. We have to keep hearing those words. We can´t turn away'. "Building trust between community and law enforcement will take time and effort by all of us, but we undertake this task with determination and urgency knowing that change can not wait".

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