Moving forward, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights will work with the City to develop a consent decree, which is a court-enforceable agreement that identifies specific changes to be made and timelines for those changes to occur.
Unlike previous efforts to reform policing in Minneapolis, a consent decree is a court order issued by a judge. Importantly, a consent decree also integrates independent oversight in the form of a monitor or monitoring team that regularly reports to the court to hold the parties accountable to the agreed upon changes.
As part of this process, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights will meet with community members, MPD officers, City staff, and other stakeholders to gather feedback on what should be included in a consent decree to address racial discrimination in policing in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights' findings do not impact the ongoing pattern or practice investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice because the investigations are independent.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights found violations of the state's civil rights law, the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The Department of Justice is investigating whether there are any violations of federal law.