Derek Chauvin Biography
Derek Chauvin born Derek Michael Chauvin is an American former police officer who was convicted of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Chauvin had knelt on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street calling out “I can’t breathe” during an arrest made with three other officers on May 25, 2020. He was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) on May 26 and was arrested on May 29.
The murder set off a series of protests in the Twin Cities and across the rest of the United States, later spreading around the world. Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Derek Chauvin Age
He was born on 19 March 1976, Oakdale, Minnesota, United States. He is 45 years old.
Derek Chauvin Ex-Wife / Divorce
Chauvin’s ex-wife, a real estate agent and photographer is a Hmong refugee from Laos who won in a “Mrs. Minnesota” beauty pageant in 2018. She filed for divorce the day before he was arrested for Floyd’s murder, and the divorce was finalized in February 2021.
Derek Chauvin Height
He stands at a height of 5ft 12in.
Derek Chauvin Career
He joined the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) in 2001. While on the force he was involved in 3 police shootings, one of which was fatal. He received a medal for valor in 2006 for being one of several officers who fired on a suspect who pointed a shotgun at them, and another in 2008 for a domestic violence incident in which he broke down a door and shot a suspect who reached for his pistol.
He received a commendation medal in 2008 after he and his partner tackled a fleeing suspect holding a pistol. In 2009, Chauvin received a commendation medal after working off duty as a security guard for a nightclub.
Derek Chauvin George Floyd
On May 25, 2020, Chauvin was one of four officers involved in arresting George Floyd on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a market and was the field training officer for one of the other officers involved. Security camera footage from a nearby business did not show Floyd resisting the arrest.
The criminal complaint stated that, based on body camera footage, Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe while standing outside the police car, resisted getting in the car, and fell down; he went to the ground face down.
While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. After Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck, Floyd repeatedly said “I can’t breathe”, “Mama”, and “please”. For part of the time, two other officers knelt on Floyd’s back. During the final two minutes, Floyd was motionless and had no pulse. Several bystanders took videos that were widely circulated and broadcast.
Chauvin and the other officers involved were fired the day following the incident. While knee-to-neck restraints are allowed in Minnesota under certain circumstances, Chauvin’s use of the technique has been widely criticized by law enforcement experts as excessive. On June 23, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that Chauvin had been trained in the dangers of positional asphyxiation and characterized Floyd’s death as murder.
Derek Chauvin Imprisonment
Following his conviction, Chauvin’s bail was revoked and he was remanded into custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, which transferred him to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. He was then booked into the Oak Park Heights maximum-security state prison, where he was previously incarcerated following his 2020 arrest.
Chauvin is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day in an isolated wing of the prison, where he is under constant watch “for fears for his safety”. Chauvin was held at Oak Park Heights until his sentencing hearing on June 25, 2021. On May 12, 2021, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill allowed for the prosecution to seek a greater prison sentence after finding that Chauvin treated Floyd “with particular cruelty.”
On June 3, 2021, it was reported that the prosecution was seeking a sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment for Chauvin based on the extreme cruelty he exhibited when he murdered 46-year-old George Floyd, which opposed any human conscience of society, and thus a harsh punishment should be warranted.
Chauvin pleaded to not be incarcerated, and instead sought probation for causing the death of Floyd while exceeding his moral duties as an officer. Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison (minus the 199 days of credit he received) in the June 25 hearing on the 2nd Degree Murder charge, while the 2nd Degree Manslaughter and 3rd Degree Murder charge remain not adjudicated.