Derek Chauvin Wiki – Derek Chauvin Biography
Derek Chauvin Badge number 1087 has been identified as the white Minneapolis police officer in a Dramatic video that shows him pin an African-American man with his knee. His partner, also seen in the video is Officer Tou Thao. The man who has since been identified as George Floyd was later pronounced dead prompting a public outcry for the prosecution of the officers involved. Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations.
The Minneapolis cops involved in the arrest of George Floyd before he died have all been fired, Mayor Jacob Frey said on Twitter. “Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated,” Frey wrote. “This is the right call.”
Derek Chauvin Background & History of Police Brutality
Officials did not identify the officer in question, but two sources familiar with the investigation identified him as Derek Chauvin.
Chauvin’s name appears in an entry in a report by Communities United Against Police Brutality called “Stolen Lives in Minnesota: People Who Have Lost their Lives Through Encounters with Law Enforcement Authorities.”
It says he fired at a man named Wayne Reyes in October 2006. “Minneapolis Police responded after Wayne stabbed his girlfriend and a male friend. He drove off, starting a police pursuit. When police stopped him, they claim he aimed a shotgun toward them. Six Minneapolis police officers –Dante Dean, Brian Grahme, Shawn Kelly, Oscar Macias, Terry Nutter, and Derek Chauvin –fired on him. He was 42 years old,” the report says.
Department records and news accounts show that Chauvin has been involved in at least three police-involved shootings over his career with the MPD: Wayne Reyes in 2006, and Leroy Martinez and Ira Latrell Toles, both in 2011.
He is a Licensed Real Estate Agent
Derek Chauvin is also a licensed real estate agent. I obtained his application, which states he’s a Florida resident and not a Minnesota resident. Tax records show he and his wife own homes in Oakdale, Minnesota and Windermere, Florida.
FBI investigates death of black man in Minneapolis after video shows police officer kneeling on his neck – The Washington Post ..it’s really not healthy to see white cops killing black men … it’s send a flare of anger and hatred to the brain! https://t.co/OnfXcDyOyX
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) May 26, 2020
Authorities haven’t named Chauvin as the officer in the viral video, but he was named via sources by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Floyd’s death is sparking outrage, including from the Minneapolis mayor. Floyd’s sister, Vanita Williams-Dabney, wrote on Facebook, “My bro was killed by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day …R I.P. bro we will get Justice for u ..gone2soon ..loveU4life.”
The Minneapolis mayor tweeted that “four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated. This is the right call.” He didn’t name them. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo called the four officers “former employees” in a news conference.
Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated.
This is the right call.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 26, 2020
Who is Derek Chauvin, Wife, Family
A 2008 article from TwinCities.com says Chauvin joined the Minneapolis Police Academy in October 2001 and had “worked in the first, third, fourth precincts and the water works security detail.”
A 2018 article in the Crookston Times gives some insight into Chauvin’s biography as it profiles Chauvin’s wife.
The article describes how Chauvin’s wife was born in Laos but fled to a Thai refugee camp with her family with only the possessions “they could carry on their backs” before moving to Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
When she was 18, she married a man she barely knew at her parents’ behest; however, after a decade of abuse, she divorced him and moved to Minnesota, the article says. She earned a degree in radiology and forged a career in a Hennepin County emergency room. That’s where she met Chauvin in 2010, the article notes. He brought someone in for a health check and ended up asking her on a date.
Viral Video of Man’s Death Minneapolis, Minnesota, Police Officer
A 10-minute video was posted to Facebook by a bystander. It paints an extremely troubling scene of what happened to Floyd. You can watch it above, but be warned that it’s very disturbing.
“Please, I can’t breathe. Please man. Please,” Floyd says, his voice anguished.
The officer, now identified as Chauvin, has his knee on the man’s neck against a squad car, as Floyd continues saying he can’t breathe. There is a second officer standing nearby at the scene and a third next to Chauvin, and bystanders grow increasingly distressed in the video at what they are watching.
“Why you got him down, man. Let him breathe at least, man,” says one bystander to the officers.
Floyd repeats again, several times, “I can’t breathe.” He added, “I can’t move. … My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. Please, please.”
“His nose is bleeding, c’mon now,” says a passerby. “You’ve got your knee on his neck,” says another bystander.
Partway through the video, Floyd stops talking, but the officer keeps his knee on Floyd’s neck, the video shows.
“He’s not responsive right now,” challenges a bystander.
“Check his pulse,” demands a man.
The second officer, named as Tou Thao, sometimes interacts with the passerby. “Check his pulse. The man ain’t move yet, bro,” demands a bystander.
“He’s not f*cking moving. Get off of his f*cking neck,” the man yells. “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
“He’s black. They don’t care,” says a woman.
Paramedics eventually show up with a gurney after Floyd has gone silent for some time.
“The fact you guys aren’t checking his pulse and doing compression if he needs help?” says an upset woman.
“You just really killed that man, bro,” says a man to Chauvin, who appears unemotional and impassive throughout the video.
Federal officials are investigating the death after a video went viral showing Chauvin, 44, kneeling on the man’s neck as he continually complained that he couldn’t breathe. The video shows the officer continued kneeling on Floyd’s neck even after he appeared to go unresponsive, and numerous bystanders shouted that the officer was endangering Floyd and should get his knee off the man’s neck.
Be forewarned that the video, which you can watch later in this article, is very disturbing.
New Footage Contradicts the Notion that George Floyd Resisted Arrest
On the same day, CBS News obtained footage a new video of George Floyd’s arrest from a nearby restaurant that appears to show Floyd complying with Minneapolis police officers. The new video shows him being cuffed and led to the sidewalk, where he slides down and appears to wait. The full video can be seen here.
— Jason DeRusha (@DeRushaJ) May 26, 2020
More footage from the restaurant appears to contradict the statement that Floyd “physically resisted officers” after leaving his car. It shows Floyd being helped up from where he had slid down to sit and walking with officers out of the shot of the restaurant security camera, where he still appears to be complying with police.
Minneapolis Police Statement
Minneapolis Police released a statement saying the man, who was in his 40s and has been identified as George Floyd died following a medical incident, claiming he suffered medical distress during a police interaction.
The statement said officers were responding to reports of a forgery in process, and that the man, who “appeared to be under the influence … physically resisted officers.”
“Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.”
The statement confirmed that no weapons were used during the incident and no officers were injured.
Minneapolis police Chief Statement
In a Tuesday morning news conference at City Hall, Minneapolis police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he asked for the federal probe after watching the video from a bystander and receiving “additional information” about the incident involving several officers, who have since been put on paid leave.
Mayor of Minneapolis Statement
Because of the nature of the incident and the race of those involved, the FBI will be looking into whether charges could be brought against the officer, said Mayor Jacob Frey.
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” said a visibly shaken Frey. “For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a black man’s neck. Five minutes. When year hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th last night is awful. It was traumatic. It serves as a reminder of how far we have to go.”