In a letter to the Hennepin County District Court, an official from the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training requested records associated with the state’s prosecution, indicating the standards board is “obligated to review the facts and circumstances of this matter.”
Disclosure of the state’s police conduct and licensing board’s involvement makes it the fourth official review of the circumstances surrounding Floyd’s death.
Besides the state’s criminal investigation, the FBI is conducting a federal civil rights investigation into the matter. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights also is reviewing an entire decade of police records from the Minneapolis Police Department to determine whether there is evidence to suggest the department has engaged in a pattern of unfairly targeting of minorities.
While not speaking about any specific case, Erik Misselt, the board’s interim executive director, told CNN the penalty for violating policing standards includes a range of punitive options, including the suspension or revocation of a police officer’s law enforcement license.
News of the board’s involvement in investigating Chauvin is not the first time the agency has found itself in the public spotlight following Floyd’s death.
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