A short overview about officer Derek Chauvin. He is also known as the officer who kneeled on George Floyd until he lost consciousness which eventually lead to Floyd’s death.
Chauvin has been working for the Minneapolis Police Department for more than 18 years. There have been 18 prior complaints filed against him with the MPD’s Internal Affairs.
Considering his 18 years of work history this looks not much, but I can’t be a judge of that. Since the complaints went were able to involve investigations from Internal Affairs, it should also say something about the severity of the complaints.
The details of the complaints are unknown. According to an MPD internal affairs public summary, two of the complaints are “closed with discipline”. In both cases, Chauvin received a letter of reprimand.
According to Communities Against Police Brutality, a Minnesota nonprofit that created database of complaints against officers in the state, Chauvin received oral reprimands for using a “demeaning tone”, “derogatory language” and other languages that merited discipline.
Neither the nonprofit database nor the Minneapolis internal affairs public summary include dates or descriptions that incited the complaints.
2 medals of valor
Besides complaints, he also got rewards. Personnel records released by the city show Chauvin has served as military police in the U.S. Army in the late 1990s.
Since being hired as a police officer in 2001, he has been awarded two medals of valor. One for being part of a group of officers who opened fire on a stabbing suspect after the man pointed a shotgun at them in 2006. And one for apprehending a man in a domestic incident in 2008.
In the later case, Chauvin broke down a bathroom door and shot the man in the stomach.
Reprimanded for pulling a woman out of her car
In 2008 Chauvin was reprimanded for pulling a woman out of her car in 2007, frisking her and placing her in his squad car. He stopped her for speeding only 10 miles (16km) per hour over the speed limit. His dashboard camera was turned off and a report said interviewing the woman in the car was not a necessity.
Chauvin and Floyd worked together
Chauvin and Floyd worked at the same night club, according to the former owner of El Nuevo Rodeo club, Maya Santamaria. Floyd worked some Tuesdays as extra security. While Chauvin worked as an off-duty police officer for the club for nearly 17 years.
Chauvin’s wife filed for divorce
The day after Chauvin’s arrest, an attorney for his wife Kellie filed for a dissolution of marriage.
The pair owns a townhouse in Windmere, Florida, Orange County. Peaceful protests were held there before Chauvin’s arrest when it was rumored that Chauvin had left Minnesota to hole up in Florida.
Held at a maximum-security prison on suicide watch
At the moment Chauvin is being kept at Oak Park Heights state prison. Which is the highest custody level in the Minnesota corrections system.
“The move to DOC custody was made out of caution to ensure he is safely held and after concern 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
There, he has access to phones and video visitations. Because of COVID019 concerns, in-person visits are not allowed. He is also being held under suicide watch