I saw this article by Scottie Andrew, CNN, and it was very disturbing to me that a police officer had all the signs of racism, and yet he still was working the streets of Minneapolis as a peace officer. I want to share this article with you, so that you have the truth about what and who Chauvin really was.
Derek Chauvin: What We Know About The Former Officer Charged For George Floyd’s Death
Then, within one week, he was filmed kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes before he died; fired from the police department; and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Throughout it all, protesters in Minneapolis and across the country demand justice for Floyd and accountability for Chauvin.
Chauvin is due to appear in court later this month. Here’s what we know about the veteran officer charged with Floyd’s death.
He Had 18 Prior Complaints Against Him
Before he knelt on Floyd’s neck Chauvin was the subject of 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department Internal Affairs.
Police confirmed the complaints were filed but didn’t detail why they were filed or what they entailed.
Only two of the 18 complaints were “closed with discipline,” according to a Mineapolis Police Department Internal Affairs public summary. In both cases, Chauvin received a letter of reprimand.
According to Communities Against Police Brutality a Minnesota nonprofit that created a database of complaints against officers in the state, Chauvin received oral reprimands for using a “demeaning tone,” “derogatory language” and other language that merited discipline.
Neither the nonprofit database nor the Minneapolis internal affairs public summary include dates or descriptions that incited the complaints.
Former officer Tou Thao, who was also involved in Floyd’s arrest, had six complaints filed with internal affairs, one of which was still open, the summary said. The other five were closed without discipline.
The other two former officers, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, had no complaints filed, according to a MPD internal affairs public summary.
He And George Floyd Once Worked Security Shifts At The Same Nightclub
Both men worked some Tuesdays as extra security, Chauvin worked as an off duty police officer for the club for nearly 17 years, Santamaria said. “I wouldn’t characterize them as knowing each other, she told CNN’s Josh Campbell in an interview.
But she added, “We all worked together certain nights and they would have crossed paths.”
Santamaria said she couldn’t believe what she was seeing when she watched footage of the two employees, one under arrest and one face down on the pavement.
“I kept yelling at my phone, telling Chauvin to get off of him. It’s horrible. It’s absolutely beyond words,” She said. “And having known Chauvin, I can’t believe he didn’t have the humanity to listen to this poor man begging for his air and his life.”
His Wife Has Filed To Dissolve Their Marriage
The day after Chauvin’s arrest, an attorney for his wife Kellie filed for a dissolution of marriage.
“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” a statement from Sekula Family Law office read.
“While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.”
The pair owns a townhouse in Windmere, Florida, Orange County property records show. Peaceful protests were held there before Chauvin’s arrest when it was rumored Chauvin had left Minnesota to hold up in Florida. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said he wasn’t in the home and had no plans to be, and shortly thereafter, he was arrested in Minnesota.
He Is Being Held At A Maximum-Security Prison
Chauvin is being kept at Oak Park Heights State Prison, the highest custody level in the Minnesota corrections system.
“The move to DOC custody was made out of an abundance of cautions to ensure he is safely held and after concerns about space in the jail due to large numbers of arrests related to the unrest over the last few nights,” The State Department of Corrections said.
There he has access to phones and video visitations. In-person visits are not allowed because of COVID-19 concerns.
This article was written by Scottie Andrew from CNN.
I have been so disturbed by the video of Derek Chauvin, murdering George Floyd, we as human beings, with eyes can see that this was murder and he should be charged with at least second-degree murder as well as the other officers who were accomplices in this crime. They could have stopped Chauvin, but they chose to help in this horrible murder.
My question to all of you is: Should the other officers be arrested and charged with murder, just as we civilian people would be?
I have an article and a book that will explain how we got here through the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, check it out HERE. The Sword And Shield
If you have any questions or want to answer my question that I put to you, please leave comments below.
All The Best,