The Justice Department is taking further action in the investigation, which languished under the Trump administration.
A US federal investigation into the police murder of George Floyd, a without weapons The black man has shown signs of reinvigorating with the appointment of a new grand jury and the calling of new witnesses, according to a New York Times report.
The actions indicate a renewed focus on the Justice Department’s investigation under President Joe Biden’s administration after the federal investigation into Floyd’s death languished under former President Donald Trump, according to the newspaper, citing two people with direct knowledge of the investigation.
Floyd died after Constable Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes during a stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May 2020. Video footage of the incident, in which Floyd can be heard pleading “I can’t breathe,” helped spark nationwide racial justice protests across the country.
The federal investigation is focused on whether Chauvin violated Floyd’s civil rights during the murderous encounter. It was launched just three days after Floyd’s death, but then Attorney General William Barr later indicated the Justice Department would wait until Chauvin faced criminal charges in court. state court. These procedures are expected to begin on March 8.
A federal grand jury formed last year that began hearing evidence in the case has since expired.
Floyd’s family attorney Ben Crump in a statement to The Times said it was “appropriate and gratifying that President Biden’s Justice Department takes racial justice seriously.”
Biden’s presidential race coincided with the high-profile deaths of Floyd and other unarmed blacks in the United States, racial justice becoming a mainstay of his campaign.
In his inaugural address, the President said: “A call for racial justice, which has been brewing for nearly 400 years, moves us. The dream of justice for all will no longer be postponed. “
Still, Biden has vowed not to exercise control over the Justice Department, which critics say Trump has sought to use for his political gain. Biden said the ministry must be able to act independently in its investigations and prosecutions.
Chauvin was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department a day after Floyd’s death, and currently faces state charges of unintentional second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
Three other officers also face charges related to Floyd’s death.