Officer Derek Chauvin: Charged With Murder In George Floyd’s Death

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

Derek Chauvin
Derek Chauvin

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.

The Killing
The Killing

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.

Security
Chauvin And Floyd

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

I Can't BreathChauvin 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.

In Conclusion

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,

Bobbi

EMAIL: bobbi@greatpoliticalbooks.com

8 thoughts on “Officer Derek Chauvin: Charged With Murder In George Floyd’s Death”

  1. Racism is still exists. It is crazy on how the police department let this person works when it is apparent that he has the tendency to hurt others and get to abuse his authority. The 18 complaints blew my mind. Oh wow, I had no idea that they used to work together, this is personal. I really hope that we bring the justice to George soon, we all got shaken up by the video. I hope they protest in peace and also stop burning our cities! I am all about supporting George but I am not supporting looters. 

    1. Thank you for your comment Nuttanee, and I agree with you, we need justice for George, but we also need systemic change with how our police departments are run with all the oppression that has been wielded against black people. I also agree that rioting and looting take away from the real problem and now has taken over the news and the message of police brutality is in the background, due to the riots and lootings of our American cities. All the best and thanks again and have a great day.

  2. I can’t believe that one officer could take 18 complaints within Internal Affairs and still be on streets wearing a police officer uniform, armed and in contact with civilians. I think that Chauvin’s partner should be held accountable for this too. He was there looking and preventing others to help Floyd. Nevertheless, I can’t be supportive of all the riots, and I think that in order to really overcome racism, we need to think in Floyd as a human being who was unjustified and extremely brutally treated, not just as a color person, but just as a person that deserved to be protected for this guy instead of dying by his hand.

    1. The parts that are disturbing to me, are the 18 complaints, as well as the fact that they did work together, and was there a conflict going on there. The police have got to move a little faster, to at least charge the other officers as accomplices to murder. I agree with you, protesting is what gets attention and the riots and looting is what will make Floyd’s murder another black man killed by the hands of police, with no changes happening to the systemic change that needs to happen. Thanks again and have a great day.

  3. Hello- Thank you so very much for your article on Officer Derek Chauvin: Charged With Murder In George Floyd’s Death. It is very informative and educational. Personally I do think that Chuavin killed Him intentionally because they had crossed paths at work place. Even an animal cannot be killed this way. The Family of the deceased is let with pain and agony that nothing can remove for the death of their Dear Son. I pray and hope that justice will prevail this time.  He would have allowed Him to breathe, but compressed His neck until He finally died.   Oh what a tragedy  Thanks.

    1. Thank you Joy for your comment, and I agree with you if a person was killing a animal on the streets and it was video taped, people would be outraged, but this is a police officer, with numerous disciplinary actions against him, most covered up. And he could of stopped, and also the question I asked about the other officers involved, why are they not charged as of yet as accomplices to the crime. They could have pulled Chauvin off of Floyd. Thanks again for your comment, and have a great day.

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