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|“||When we start our career, we take an oath to serve and protect. Derek Chauvin failed on both aspects.||„|
|~ Dmaine Freeland, one of Chauvin's former co-workers, describes Chauvin.|
Derek Michael Chauvin (born on March 19th, 1976 ) is an ex-police officer of the Minneapolis Police Department. He, along with his three colleagues at the scene, were fired after a police brutality incident against George Floyd, an African-American man who was mistakenly accused of using counterfeit currency and had a criminal past.
Derek Chauvin was born in 1976 and attended Park High School in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Between his high school graduation, and joining the Minneapolis Poice Department, in 2001, aged 25, he worked at McDonalds, worked as a security guard, and served two separate enlistments with the United States Army, where he was a military policeman.
He graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2006 with a degree in law enforcement.
He had been an officer in the Minneapolis Police Department since 2001. He won two medals of valor, one in 2006 for being part of a group of officers who opened fire on a stabbing suspect who pointed a shotgun at them, and another in 2008 for a domestic violence incident in which Chauvin broke down a bathroom door and shot a suspect in the stomach. He also won medals of commendation in 2008 after he and his partner tackled a fleeing suspect who had a pistol in his hand, and in 2009 for single-handedly apprehending a group of gang members.
Chauvin had 18 complaints on his official record, two of which ended in discipline from the department, including official letters of reprimand. He had been involved in three police shootings, one of which was fatal.According to the former owner of El Nuevo Rodeo, a Latin nightclub, Floyd and Chauvin had worked overlapping shifts as security guards at the club; Chauvin for 17 years and Floyd at about a dozen events. The former owner said it was not clear whether they knew each other but that she did not believe so. She also said Chauvin had sometimes used overaggressive tactics when dealing with black clientele, responding to fights by spraying the crowd with mace instead of dealing with those who were fighting.
George Floyd murder
On May 25, 2020, Chauvin and three others responded to a report of fraud and counterfeiting, as well as an allegation Floyd was intoxicated. Upon arrival to the scene, Floyd allegedly had mild resistance to arrest, but was eventually restrained and dropped on the ground next to a police van.
A Facebook livestream shows Floyd being compressed under Chauvin's knee for around 8 minutes, where Floyd pleads for his safety, later his life, after he was stating he was losing breath and becoming dehydrated. Near the scene alongside Chauvin was Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng. Chauvin taunted Floyd and ordered him to oblige to his taunting commands, despite being physically unable to. Bystanders were pleading for Floyd to be released and arrested without incident rather than being held in a strangulation position. They mentioned him bleeding, and him slowly becoming unresponsive. None of the three other officers present made any physical attempt to stop Chauvin from strangling Floyd. However, Thomas Lane was heard twice asking "Shall we turn him over?", referring to the fact that Floyd may have been able to breath had they rolled him over.
An ambulance was eventually dispatched, where Floyd had no pulse and was pronounced dead.
The video went viral. All four officers were fired the day after the incident, including Chauvin, and many people made calls for the officers to be charged with criminal homicide, especially against Chauvin. His home was met with many protests, and had scrawlings on his driveway calling him out. He was also doxxed.
Many protests in the general Minneapolis area ensued, eventually with riots taking place. Violence and crime emerged from both sides: the protesters were responsible for lootings, vandalism, arson, attempted arson, and assaults, while the police engaged in excessive violence towards protesters, even non-provoking ones. 21 deaths have been confirmed. Peaceful protests still occurred, in spite of riots and SWAT barricades. Multiple thousands of people have been arrested.
The incident and reactions of the incident have drew international media attention. Chinese state-run media has domestically highlighted the violent side of the protests and military actions while accusing United States government of "double-standard regarding riots". Chinese nationalists have voiced disbelief of concept "democracy" and "freedom", citing death of George Floyd and George Floyd protests.
Two images of men reported to be Chauvin depicted him to be attending Trump-related events and sporting a racist cap parodying the MAGA hat. However, credible sources have declared these images to be misconception, and that the man in the images isn't Chauvin.
On May 29th, 2020, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. His wife later announced that she was seeking a divorce.
On June 3, 2020, the other three officers were arrested and charged with assisting second degree murder and assisting second degree manslaughter. Chauvin's charge was changed to second degree murder and manslaughter.
Chauvin has not entered a plea and is being held at 1.25 million dollar bail.
Eight correctional officers at the Ramsey County Jail filed a discrimination complaint against supervisors at the jail with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, alleging that during Chauvin's brief stay before his transfer to a state prison, non-white guards were not allowed to work on the fifth floor where Chauvin was being held. Their complaint also alleged that a guard saw a white lieutenant sit on Chauvin's bed and that she permitted Chauvin to use her cellphone. Responding to the complaint, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights said it was opening an investigation to determine whether discrimination took place.
Chauvin was released on conditional bail on October 7, 2020 after posting a bond of $1 million. Court documentation provided that, as conditions for his bail, Chauvin's supervised release from prison will be forfeited if he declines to appear before a magistrate, refuses to appear in court on scheduled dates, leaves the state of Minnesota without court approval, or has contact with Floyd's family.On October 22, 2020, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill dismissed the third-degree murder charge, but also denied Chauvin's motion to dismiss the other, more serious murder charges
Civil rights investigation
The U.S. Department of Justice convened a grand jury in February 2021 to investigate Chauvin for several civil rights charges. The investigation included the killing of Floyd on May 25, 2020, and other incidents involving Chauvin, such as a September 2017 case where Chauvin pinned a 14-year old boy for several minutes with his knee while ignoring the boy's pleas that he couldn't breathe; the boy briefly lost consciousness. Though the 2017 case was similar to the 2020 killing of Floyd, it was deemed as inadmissible by the judge overseeing the trial of Chauvin for Floyd's murder.
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The criminal mugshots of the four former officers. From left to right: Chauvin, Kueng, Lane and Thao.
- Some suspect Chauvin was abusive towards his wife.
- A conspiracy theory suggesting police forces are responsible for the violent aspects of the protests has become popular.
- Anonymous hacked into the Minneapolis Police Department's website and scanners on May 31, 2020. However, according to Troy Hunt (an Australian web security expert), it is mostly likely a hoax.
- It's unknown what let Chauvin to kill Floyd, his Motives are unknown.
- Some people say that Chauvin had a mental illness.
- Before the killing, there were people said that Chauvin had met Floyd in a nightclub where the two "bumped heads"
- One known case similar to the one with Floyd is where he pinned a 14-year old boy for several minutes with his knee trying to kill the boy, but the boy thankfully survives.