Derek Chauvin made headlines after he knelt on George Floyd’s neck, which resulted in his death.
Here is a look at who Derek Chauvin is and what is known about the incident.
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Derek Michael Chauvin is a former police officer.
He joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2001, where he became involved in several shooting incidents.
In 2006 he received a medal of valor for being an officer on the scene when a suspect lifted their shotgun at his colleagues, and they shot back to defend themselves.
In 2008, Chauvin won another medal for bravery after entering a property without backup and subduing a man who reached for his sidearm after officers broke down his door.
His career has been colorful, to say the least – from arresting a suspect who pointed a shotgun at him and killing a man in the third fatal-policing incident he was involved in until finally his conviction for shooting and killing George Floyd.
What Happened to Derek Chauvin?
This former Minneapolis police officer was fired from his job and then later convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
This is after he knelt on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street, calling out “I can’t breathe” during an arrest made with three other officers on May 25, 2020.
Floyd died as a result of police brutality.
This trial and sentencing set off a series of protests in the Twin Cities and the rest of the United States, later spreading worldwide.
In December 2021, Chauvin pled guilty to federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights by using unreasonable force and ignoring Floyd’s serious medical needs.
Moreover, Chauvin pled guilty to violating a 14-year-old boy’s civil rights in 2017 by using unreasonable force.
On October 7, 2020, Chauvin was released on a $1 million bond.
On October 22, 2020, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled to dismiss the third-degree murder initial charges against Chauvin but also denied Chauvin a special motion of dismissal on all additional charges implying the murder of the two defenseless minors.
On June 3, 2021, it was announced that the prosecution was seeking a prison sentence of 30 years for Officer Chauvin based on his cruel murder of Floyd.
At the hearing, Chauvin pleaded that he not be incarcerated and instead asked for probation after causing the death of Floyd while exceeding his duties as an officer.
On June 25, the second-degree murder charge, Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison, while the second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder charges remain not adjudicated.
Other Controversies Related
Chauvin, who has eighteen complaints on his official record, including two that resulted in reprimands, was among the officers responding to a complaint from the mother of two young children said to have occurred on September 4, 2017.
He apparently hit a 14-year-old black boy in the head with a baton so hard he required stitches, then held him down for nearly 17 minutes while ignoring his complaints of not being able to breathe.
Trying to avoid prejudice in the Floyd case, prosecutors were prohibited from raising Chauvin’s past actions and behavior firsthand as evidence in the trial.
Wife of Derek Chauvin
Derek Chauvin is the husband of Kellie Chauvin, a real estate agent and photographer who is also a Hmong refugee from Laos.
The couple did not have any children together.
Kellie filed for a divorce a day before Derek got arrested, and this was finalized in February 2021.
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