GEORGE Floyd died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25 2020.
Derek Chauvin, one of the police officers involved, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.
Who is Derek Chauvin?
Derek Chauvin was a police officer with the Minnesota Police Department.
He was born on March 19, 1976 and is 45 years old.
Chauvin became known worldwide after the incident involving George Floyd.
On the evening of May 25, officers responded to a report of a “forgery in progress.”
Police had responded to a call from a grocery store that claimed Floyd had used a forged check.
After Floyd allegedly resisted arrest, officers dragged him from his car and pinned him to the ground.
It was then that Chauvin held Floyd down with his knee on his neck and his other knee in the middle of his back.
The disturbing fatal encounter was caught on video by onlookers.
Also in the video, Officer Tou Thao can be seen to the right of Floyd ushering the crowds away from the scene.
Both cops and other officers involved have been since fired.
When did Chauvin’s murder trial start?
Chauvin went on trial for murder in March of 2021.
He is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death, but prosecutors are trying to add a third-degree murder count.
Prosecutors are asking the Court of Appeals to put the trial on hold until the issue is resolved.
The appeals court did not immediately rule on that request, and Judge Peter Cahill said on March 8 that he intends to keep the trial on track until he’s told to stop.
“Unless the Court of Appeals tells me otherwise, we’re going to keep moving,” he said.
Jury selection began on March 9. The trial began on March 29.
On Tuesday, April 20, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd. He faced a maximum sentence of 75 years.
Was Chauvin sentenced to jail?
Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes as he said “I can’t breathe” and went limp.
He was sentenced to 22.5 years on June 25, 2021.
Derek Chauvin broke his silence in open court to address Floyd’s surviving relatives and explained more information was going to become public that would give them “peace of mind.”
“At this time due to some additional legal matters at hand I’m not able to give a full statement at this time,” he told Judge Peter Cahill.
“But very briefly though I want to send my condolences to the Floyd family,” Chauvin said.
“There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest and I hope things will give you some peace of mind.”
What is Chauvin’s history with use-of-force incidents?
Since joining the Minneapolis police force in 2001, Chauvin had 18 complaints filed against him, only two of which were “closed with discipline,” CNN reported.
A database that documents instances of police brutality listed seven complaints against Chauvin that have all been “closed” and resulted in “no discipline.”
Other reports documented his involvement in multiple violent and deadly cases of police abuse.
Chauvin was a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department.
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