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Derek Chauvin biography: 13 things about Minneapolis cop who knelt on George Floyd’s neck

Derek Chauvin

Derek Chauvin

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:

  1. He was born on March 19, 1976 in Minneapolis.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. In 2003, he was orally reprimanded on multiple occasions for allegations of using a demeaning tone and derogatory language.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. In 2010, he married Kellie.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

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  1. Just curious, where was Derek Chauvin born? I know what he did WAS VERY VERY WRONG and HE NEEDS TO BE PROSECUTED FOR WHAT HE DID but I’m just curious of where he was born and nothing else.


  2. A man is in custody, in handcuffs, and begs and pleads for his life… Is that not enough to sit him up and check on him??? It wasn’t like George Floyd had just murdered someone.
    A defective $20 bill… That is grounds for DEATH ???
    Eric Garner in Staten Island in 2014 — Murdered by officer Daniel Pantaleo in an illegal chokehold , who walked away a free man…Eric Garner’s DEATH penalty — selling single cigarettes…
    Now Derek Chauvin and his posse KILLING George Floyd… Videos show that there is NO resisting arrest, and did officer Derek Chauvin, with 19 years experience, think it was necessary to keep a handcuffed man down for over five minutes with his knee to George Floyd’s neck, compressing his neck and air passage until he DIED….
    This is MURDER…. And if any private citizen did it, he would be Jailed instantly… And for a police officer to do it, who has taken an oath to Serve and to Protect…
    He needs to be imprisoned for LIFE for his actions, his accomplice cops need to get matching sentences for their roles, in accordance with the penal code, and every cent that those four pathetic officers have need to be given to George Floyd’s family. And, no
    That will not bring George Floyd back to life.
    What a despicable action, and the Governor and Mayor overseeing this process must NOT become sympathetic to police officers who shirked their responsibility to Serve and to Protect… Imprisonment for Life is the only fair sentence.
    Do I dare say that I am White….


    • There were 4 cops in the video: (1) Derek Chavin, the cop who kneed Floyd, may be part black; (2) Alex Kueng, the officer who put the cuffs on Floyd, is black; (3) Tou Thao, the cop who was talking to bystanders, is Vietnamese; (4) Tom Lane, the cop who held Floyd down as Chavin kneed Floyd, is black too.


      • Why are you spreading misinformation about the race/ethnicity of the four cops? It’s not clear what outlandish, nonsensical point you’re trying to make, but your wrong. The cop who killed George Floyd “may have been part black”? Have you seen his booking mugshot? (You also spelled his name wrong.)


  3. I think it is in very bad taste to publish addresses of these 4 police officers. Please know I completely support the firing and hopefully the arrest of all 4 of them and ultimately prosecution with a very long prison term for Chauvin! When you create more of an opportunity for harassment of the officer, it hurts the prosecution for the individuals and creates sympathy for them if individuals take extreme measures to harm them.


  4. You’re wrong for and should be ashamed of yourself for putting their address out for the world to find. The family he leaves behind while he’s behind bars deserve to feel safe. You have jeopardized they’re lives unnecessarily. There are folks in this world that will not distinguish one from the other and are subject to go to that address and do all sorts of unthinkable acts. Had you not published it, at least a paid subscription to a background site might have been necessary for them to be found but you’ve made it immediately available to googlers. Just because it’s legal to tell things doesn’t mean it always needs to be said.


    • Sorry but I have no sympathy for that man or his family. What he did is disgusting and pathetic! The last thing I am worried about is his families’ safety! You worry about what his family is going through, trying to feel safe? What about George Floyd’s family???? What about how George Floyd felt for what that evil former officer did to him? He was not being protected he was being murdered…so I could care less about who has his address and keeping his family safe! Sorry just left a bad taste in my mouth with your comment, when we should be concerned for Mr. Floyd’s family! ! He deserves to go down in any way possible, and I hope he gets Beat to a pulp and feels severe pain in every fiber Of his body for what he did to mr. Floyd!! people need to speak and express their feelings and his family is the last thing on my mind is who may show up at his house! They should burn that son of a bitches house for all I care!


      • And what did his wife and her family (from a previous marriage) do to deserve anything from humanoid trash like you, Jenn? You’re more evil than Chauvin – you INTENTIONALLY wish harm upon the innocent like a childish little brat throwing a tantrum.

        May karma be swift and thorough.


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