Derek Michael Chauvin is one of the four police officers involved in the controversial death of George Floyd. On May 25, 2020, an employee at Cup Foods at 3759 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States called the Minneapolis Police Department to report a customer who bout cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.
Floyd apparently matched the suspect’s descriptions so he was arrested by Chauvin and three other cops namely Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. It was a deadly encounter witnessed by several bystanders and streamed on Facebook Live.
For a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, Chauvin knelt on the neck of Floyd, who repeatedly tried to tell the cops that he could not breathe. About an hour and a half later, Floyd was pronounced dead at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
It was in that same hospital where Chauvin met his wife Kellie Chauvin, who is of Hmong descent. She was an employee in that hospital when he brought a suspect there for a health check before arrest.
On May 26, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigations launched an investigation. On the same day, the Minneapolis Police Department fired Chauvin, Thao, Lane and Kueng.
Thomas Kelly represents Derek, whose badge number was 1087. Here are 13 more facts about the former cop:
- He was born on March 19, 1976 in Minneapolis.
- As a member of the U.S. Army, he served a member of the military police in Rochester,New York, USA from September 1996 to February 1997 and in Hohenfels, Germany from September 1999 to May 2000.
- Before becoming a police officer, he worked as a custom protection officer for a security services company and as a cook for McDonald’s and another restaurant.
- The Minneapolis Police Department hired him as a part-time community service officer on January 8, 2001 and he started the Minneapolis Police Academy in October 2001.
- Having worked in the first, third and fourth precincts and the water works security detail, he has received 18 misconduct complaints against him, all of which were closed with no disciplinary action except for one that generated two official reprimands.
- In 2003, he was orally reprimanded on multiple occasions for allegations of using a demeaning tone and derogatory language.
- In 2006, he was one of the six officers who fired a weapon that resulted in the death of Wayne Reyes, who was accused of stabbing two people.
- In 2007, he received two letters of reprimand, one of which was for needlessly removing a woman from her car, searching her and putting her in the back of a squad car for driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.
- In 2008, he responded in an incident involving a man armed with a gun and was awarded a department medal of valor for it, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. In the same year, he shot and wounded Ira Latrell Toles and received another medal of valor for it in 2009.
- In 2010, he married Kellie.
- In 2011, he was among the officers at the scene near the Little Earth community when Minneapolis officer Terry Nutter shot Leroy Martinez in the torso.
- In 2018, he joined Kellie onstage when she represented Oakdale in United States of America’s Mrs. Minnesota, in which she won as the contest’s first winner of Hmong descent.
- Working as a real estate agent and club bouncer in his off hours, he once worked overlapping security shifts with Floyd at the same nightclub, the El Nuevo Rodeo club in Minneapolis, and with a real estate license, he worked as an independent contractor for Realty Group between late 2018 and early 2019.