People who are eager to see Derek Chauvin‘s mugshot can finally see it. The former Minneapolis cop is now facing third-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
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 was trying to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill. Apparently, Floyd matched the suspect’s descriptions so he was arrested by Chauvin, Thao, Lane and Kueng.
It was Lane and Kueng who arrived first. Chauvin and Thao followed minutes later in a separate squad car.
Several bystanders witnessed the deadly encounter, which was streamed live on Facebook. As shown in the video, Floyd was lying face down on the street next to the squad car’s rear passenger wheel while repeatedly telling the cops he could not breathe.
Chauvin put his left knee on Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after the arrestee was non-responsive.
While Chauvin was kneeling on Floyd’s neck, Kueng and Lane were holding the arrestee. Thao, on the other hand, was dealing with the eyewitnesses.
Paramedics arrived moments after Floyd started to lose consciousness. They took him to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where he was pronounced dead.
On May 29, 2020, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office criminal complaint against Chauvin was released and he was arrested with a bail set for $500,000. Here are the details of the complaint:
- Plaintiff: State of Minnesota
- Defendant: Derek Michael Chauvin
- Charge: third degree murder
- Offense level: felony
- Maximum sentence: 25 years
- Description: On May 25, 2020, in Hennepin County Minnesota, Chauvin caused the death of Floyd by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life.
- Charge: second degree manslaughter
- Offense level: felony
- Maximum sentence: 10 years and/or $20,000
- Description: On May 25, 2020 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Chauvin caused the death of Floyd by his culpable negligence, creating an unreasonable risk and taking a chance of causing death or great bodily harm to Floyd.
Chauvin is represented by Thomas Kelly. Hailing from Minneapolis, the attorney was part of the legal team that successfully defended former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile in 2016.