Derek Chauvin Biography and Wiki
Derek Chauvin is an American former Minneapolis police officer. He came into the national and world at large limelight on May 25, 2020. This was after he was identified as the white officer who pinned down George Floyd, an unarmed Minneapolis black man. Chauvin used his knee, pressing it to the back of Floyd’s neck until the victim lost consciousness.
Chauvin was fired immediately after the incident along with three other cops who were at the scene. The entire incident was captured on CCTV cameras from a nearby restaurant and also recorded by Darnella Frazier, a bystander. This death was viewed as a racially motivated murder and led to widespread protests.
Later, it was revealed that Chauvin had a history of involvement in violent incidences in his 19-year career as an officer in Minneapolis. He took part in several police-involved shootings within Minneapolis.
Derek Chauvin Age
Chauvin is 44 years old in 2020. However, his exact date and place of birth are currently unavailable.
Derek Chauvin Height
Chauvin appears to be a man of just above-average stature. His height could be around 5 ft 9 in. However, his exact height is currently unavailable.
Derek Chauvin Wife and Family
Chauvin is married to his wife Kellie Chauvin. She is a radiologist in a Hennepin County emergency room. She was born in Laos before migrating to the United States.
The two are said to have met when Chauvin brought in someone for a health check. It was not immediately clear if the two have children. Not much else is known about Chauvin’s family, parents, or siblings.
Derek Chauvin Record
Since the incident in which he is accused of killing George Floyd on May 25, 2020, it has surfaced that Chauvin has been involved in other incidences in the past.
According to records, in 2006, Chauvin and five others responded to a stabbing where Wayne Reyes, 42, was shot and killed by one of the officers after allegedly pulling a shotgun on the officers. This is according to Communities United Against Police Brutality, a police watchdog nonprofit based in Minneapolis in a report titled “Stolen Lives”.
He shot and wounded Ira Latrell Toles in 2008 during a domestic assault call. According to a 2011 article from the Pioneer Press, Chauvin shot Toles in the abdomen when he and other officers showed up at an apartment in south Minneapolis just before 2 a.m. It is alleged that Toles grabbed for an officer’s gun occasioning the shooting.
Derek Chauvin George Floyd Death
Chauvin along with other white officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, were out to arrest a black man George Floyd on suspicion of a “Forgery in Progress”. However, the arrest led to Floyd’s death when Chauvin pinned Floyd to the pavement exerting his body weight on Floyd’s neck using his right knee in a video recorded by eyewitnesses. Floyd died on May 25, 2020, at Hennepin County Medical Center at around 9.25 pm.
Floyd is seen wailing the phrase “I can’t breathe” several times with his face planted on the pavement and hands apparently cuffed behind his back. Derek Chauvin is seen kneeling on his neck. Observers standing nearby are heard telling officers that Floyd’s nose was bleeding and that he was dying. Chauvin and his colleagues show no reaction as the man gradually goes silent and loses consciousness.
In the video, Chauvins’s knee remains on Floyd for at least seven minutes, even as the man is pleading for help. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts.” Floyd pleads. At one point the Floyd says, “Give me some water or something. Please. Please.”
Floyd pleaded with Chauvin to let go while groaning in pain. One female bystander points to the officers that Floyd’s nose is bleeding and prompts them to check his pulse. officer Chauvin is unmoved by these appeals and appears to be quite relaxed all through. After about four or so minutes, Floyd seems to slump and falls silent. He was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was quick to condemn the incident. He called the man’s death “simply awful,” and “wrong at every level” at the press conference on May 26, 2020. Part of his statement read:
“For the better part of the night I’ve been trying to find the words to describe what happened and all I keep coming back to is that he should not have died.”
His cause of death according to the coroner’s report is yet to be released at the time of going to press. The FBI is investigating Floyd’s death, along with the Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, and Erica McDonald, the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. The family of George Floyd has contracted renowned civil right attorney Ben Crump to pursue justice for their kin.
Derek Chauvin Arrest
The family of slain black man George Floyd, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, and protesters called for the arrest and prosecution of Chauvin along with the other three police officers. They wanted the former officers charged with the murder of Mr. Floyd.
Derek Chauvin Murder Case
Finally, on May 29, 2020, the County attorney’s office bowed to pressure and arrested and charged Chauvin for third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The charges were later upgraded to second-degree murder and the other three officers involved in the killing were charged with aiding and abetting a homicide. This case continues to elicit intense anger from the public that is now calling for the removal of Mike Freeman as the county attorney.
Derek Chauvin Charges Upgraded
After being charged initially with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Chauvin’s charges were upgraded to second-degree murder after sustained public outcries. The charges were upgraded by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on June 3, 2020. The three other ex-officers involved in the murder, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, were charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Chauvin is represented by Eric Nelson of the Halberg Criminal Defense firm.
Derek Chauvin Case | George Floyd Murder Case
Floyd’s family led by his two brothers, a sister and cousins retained renowned human rights lawyer Ben Crump. They wanted murder charges preferred against the four officers, Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, involved in the death of their kin.
Derek Chauvin Jonathan Riches
Several memes and online “facts” surfaced on social media wrongly captioning Chauvin as Jonathan Riches.
I Can’t Breathe Protests
Floyd’s death attracted crowds of protesters on May 27, 2020, in downtown Minneapolis at the scene where Floyd was killed. Protesters clashed with police where they lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the crowds. They destroyed parts of a building and a police squad car.
Floyd’s final words before he appeared to lose consciousness were a plea for help: “I can’t breathe.” The protests are named after his last words. More protests were scheduled to take place in his native Houston. Floyd’s death brought memories of another video recorded in New York City, where Eric Garner, an unarmed black man died as a result of an officer’s chokehold in 2014.
Derek Chauvin Choking George Floyd Video
There are various versions of the video captured during the arrest of George Floyd that led to his death. The mobile phone video was recorded by Darnella Frazier, a bystander while another is from CCTV footage.